This is the official U.S. Department of Justice national sex offender search app. This app is funded through a grant from the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (“SMART”), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. SMART is responsible for The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), a public safety resource that provides the public with free access to sex offender data nationwide. This application is designed to provide additional access to NSOPW.
This app provides users with information about registered sex offenders that have residential, employment, or school addresses that are within a close proximity of the mobile device running the app. Searches can be conducted nationally using a ¼ mile, ½ mile, or 1 mile radius or by offender name. The initial search will be performed based upon the location of the mobile device, but searches can be run from other locations by tapping those locations on the map. In the event that the registering jurisdiction (state, territory, Indian tribe, or District of Columbia) for the user’s area does not allow searching by geographic coordinates for registered sex offender addresses, a zip code search will be used to find matching offenders and the results can be viewed by tapping the status message at the top of the app. NSOPW is actively working with all jurisdictions to allow searching by geographic coordinates and will modify the app searching capabilities as improvements become available.
Please be aware that when you tap the “More Information” button when viewing the details of a matching record you will be directed to the details about the particular registered sex offender on the registering jurisdiction’s public sex offender website. These websites are outside of NSOPW’s control and may not be mobile device friendly.
The purpose of this app is solely to provide users with the ability to search for registered sex offender by location and name. If you would like sexual abuse education and prevention information or have questions about sex offender registration in general please visit NSOPW at nsopw.gov.
This update adds a brief tutorial that displays when the app is launched for the first time. In addition, the app now indicates when a jurisdiction is conducting a zip code search and cannot provide mappable results.
Ratings and Reviews
Map not populated with locations of offenders
Just downloaded now and took a quick look at St. Paul Mn area. Tapped on map to provide a point around which to search. A label pops up telling how many offenders are in the area but no indication of the boundaries of the area. I finally was able to place a pin and get a hit that said "9 results" (nothing shows on map, which is counter to what the description pictures show). Clicked on "results" and got a list, less than half showed a photo. Clicked on the individual hoping to see details but details were minimal. At the bottom of the page was a button for more info which took me to the website/page for what looks like a booking page with much more detail like "last known address" and more description (height, weight....)
Should have more data in the app like a pin or icon showing perps location. Trying to find a safe location for my daughter to live. This is somewhat helpful but could be much better. I will watch for improvements.
Range too small
On the full website, the range can be set at 5 miles maximum. But on the app, the maximum is only 1 mile, that's hardly enough. Sex offenders have cars, you see, they don't have to live within walking distance to post a threat to your family.
Works great for most states.
I live in Florida and the mapping and searching work great. It looks like that does not work in all states and the website gives a good explanation for why that is and has a map showing what states the mapping feature works in. The app does tell you what is going on though if you are in a state where mapping does not work. Hopefully all the states will work the same soon.
- The Institute for Intergovernmental Research, Inc.
- 3 MB
Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © 2016 The Institute for Intergovernmental Research, Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.