Sheriff deputies use iPads to make sex offender checks

Sheriff deputies use ipads to make sex offender checks
Published: Jul. 27, 2012 at 10:54 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2012 at 11:32 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Muscogee County Sheriff's office is stepping into the 21st century.

Deputies working in the sex offender squad are getting new tools to make checks on sex offenders easier. It's out with the old and in with new technology.

Muscogee County Sheriff Deputies with the Sex Offender Squad are using iPads to check up on sex offenders. Sheriff John Darr says the iPads will save time and eliminate an excessive paper trail. 
"You've got some of these sex offenders that has files of fifty or more pages," Sheriff Darr said. "Now you are going to be able to put it all in one little area."
The new iPad fleet cost a little more than $2,000, which came from the U.S. Marshal's Department. For now, only two deputies will have access to the new technology. They will run checks on the 387 registered sex offenders in Muscogee County. 
"It makes it more persuasive in this day of technology juries expect us to be able to show them pictures of things, videos of things they want to see that," District Attorney Julia Slater said. 
Each sex offender's information is logged into the iPad. Now all a deputy has to do is scroll through the pages of documents in each offender's file. If they break the law, District Attorney Julia Slater says they will be prosecuted.
"We execute these cases vigorously, and the better evidence we get, the better job we can do, and if people are violating the law we want them to be caught," Slater said. 
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