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      Local law enforcement raises awareness of sex offenders

      The Dougherty County Sheriff's Department closely monitors all registered sex offenders.

      City Commissioner Ivey Hines held a town meeting Saturday morning and asked Lt. Rebecca Cranford with the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office to come speak about an issue he feels needs attention.

      Lt. Cranford spoke to the public today about laws regarding sex offenders. Cranford says there are a lot of misconceptions. One of those misconceptions deals with proximity for sex offenders. Cranford says the law requires sex offenders to not reside within 1,000 feet of a school.

      For sex offenders, their restrictions are not all the same either. Each individual holds a different set of restrictions based on the offenders registered date of offense.

      Cranford said there are 321 registered sex offenders in the area and while that seems like a large number, she said its not something to be alarmed about. She stressed to the public just how closely the police department monitors these offenders.

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