The Lake Zurich Police Department is proud of their partnership with a sex offender registration and public notification program called OffenderWatch®. Lake Zurich is part of a nationwide network of over 5,000 law enforcement agencies which includes 120 Illinois agencies. The service is a citizen-friendly, easy to use website that enables citizens to search for potentially dangerous sex offenders and predators, which may be in close proximity to their homes, places of work, schools, churches and day care centers.
The information is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is updated in real time by the Lake Zurich Police Department as offender information changes and is reported. As part of this innovative service, citizens may enter any address of interest to them, and see a map and listing of all offenders within a user defined radius (.25 miles out to 2 miles) of that address. Citizens can then register the address to be continuously monitored by the Lake Zurich Police Department, who will send to them an e-mail alerting them if an offender or predator should register an address within their specified radius of their address. Citizens may confidentially register as many addresses as they like, at no cost to them.
The purpose of the program is to lessen the anxiety of citizens by proactively alerting them should an offender/predator move within proximity to them, and to provide the highest level of security and safety to all Lake Zurich citizens. The program also enables the police department to verify that offender addresses do not violate any safety buffers that may be implemented around protected institutions in the village, such as schools, day care centers and parks, and helps law enforcement schedule compliance checks for verifying information provided by offenders.