Access to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office just got easier thanks to the launch of a new website that went live today.
Sheriff Brad DeLay said www.LawrenceCoSheriff.com will serve as an information resource for the public and enhance his department's community policing efforts.
One website feature that DeLay believes will be of great interest to area residents is an interactive map that locates where sex offenders are living in Lawrence County. Site visitors can also click on a list of offender names to view profile information that includes a photo.
"The safety of county residents is our primary concern at the sheriff's office," said DeLay. "We feel the sex offender website map feature allows us to better protect county residents by keeping them informed."
The website also gives citizens the opportunity to sign up for e-mail alert notifications from the sheriff's office. These alerts could include sex offender notifications, press releases, messages from the sheriff, most wanted information and jail roster updates. The alerts will be sent to individual e-mail accounts.
Other website features include:
* A message from the sheriff.
* Most wanted listings with photos and descriptions of wanted individuals.
* A jail roster with booking photos and information for those individuals booked and/or released within the last 48 hours.
* Information about the various divisions within the sheriff's office including administration, bailiffs, K-9, dispatch, detectives, patrol, reserve and victim's advocate.
* A history of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff DeLay said the website should improve the efficiency of his office by reducing the number of inquiry calls handled by his staff.
"This will allow us to devote more resources to the safety and security of our residents," said DeLay. "It will also provide greater transparency and encourage the public to take a more active role in community policing efforts."
Another interactive feature of the new website is a place where crime tips can be entered anonymously through a crime tips hotline. Instead of a phone call, individuals can submit their tips by e-mail.
Officers photos are also included on the website to help citizens become more familiar with the men and women who are charged with protecting and serving the community.
"Our intent is for every Lawrence County resident to visit the site," said DeLay. "We believe the web site is a huge benefit to the sheriff's office and the residents of Lawrence County as well."
The website was developed by Brooks-Jeffrey Marketing, Inc., of Mountain Home, Ark. The company specializes in law enforcement and government website solutions.