Lansdale Police, North Penn School District and the Montgomery County Sexual Assault Task Force are teaming up to bring a presentation to Penndale Middle School on March 14 at 7 p.m. that, among other things, will let parents know what they can do to protect their children from sex offenders.
No one under the age of 18 should attend this presentation, due to the subject matter.
The goal of the program, according to Chief Robert McDyre of Lansdale Police, is to not just discuss sex offenders in the county, but also let parents know how to reduce victimization and make communities safer places to live and work.
The one-hour program will also let attendees know how to get in touch with the various resources available to victims and discuss evidence-based practices used to manage the sex offender population in the North Penn community.
The goal is to focus on sound protocols to protect children and victims of predators living or working in the county.
According to McDyre, the presenters at the program, some from the county Adult Probation Department, have contact with these offenders on a routine basis.
There are myths surrounding them, and attendees will learn what red flags to look out for in the community.
“If you have children or even considering having a family someday, this is a must see presentation," McDyre said.
According to a press release, sex offenders have received unprecedented scrutiny and attention by the media, legislatures and courts for much of the last decade.
Sex offenders, known and unknown, live in our communities and they must be managed by certain protocols.
Want to find sex offenders living in your neighborhood? Cool. Here's what you do:
- Read the disclaimer and click "I Accept"
- At the top, go to "Search Offenders." A box will drop down where you can search by municipality, county, city, ZIP code, mile radius, name, non-compliant offenders and sexually violent predators.
- If you search under "Municipality," it prompts you to choose your county (Montgomery) and the city.
Under Lansdale Borough, for instance, 18 offenders are listed.
- The lists include where an offender resides and works. They may not live in Lansdale, for example, but they may work in Lansdale.