Software grant helps Sheriff's Department keep a closer eye on sex offenders

NORWICH – The Chenango County Sheriff’s Department is taking an aggressive approach toward keeping track of sex offenders and informing the public of predators who may be residing nearby.

For the past two years, Sheriff Thomas J. Loughren says he has hoped to implement software that would keep better track of sex offenders and to keep the public informed. With the help of a $7,500 grant from state Assemblyman Gary Finch, he says the dream has come true.

Lt. James Lloyd said the updated, state-of-the-art tracking system could be accessible as early as December on the Sheriff’s Department website at

During a press conference held Wednesday at the Sheriff’s Department, Finch, Loughren and Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride gave a demonstration of the new software and recognized the people who made the new addition to the county’s existing website available.

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