Any registered offender will show up in the database, save for the 84 offenders who only have to register for 10 years. These offenders generally committed a single nonviolent offense against another adult, said Swecker.
Anytime an offender is registered with the State Police, Swecker and her team are required to compile all of the documentation about the crime to do a "fact check."
"These aren't the most honest people," she said. "They minimize the crime and the age of the victim."
Swecker said reading case files on offenders and the abuse they have committed is hard, but she said she tries to keep everything in perspective.
"Just keep moving on and get to the next one," she said. "If you don't keep it in check, it can drive you crazy."
Offenders, who have to physically come to the detachment to register annually, or every 90 days if they are a sexually violent predator, are placed into the LiveScan computer, an intranet system that keeps track of all the offenders in the state.
Pettry said entering your information into the LiveScan system is akin to signing your life away.
Any time offenders do anything, from getting a new job to a different cell phone number to moving across the street, they have to notify police.
Once a person has registered as an offender, troopers in that jurisdiction have 15 days to physically verify the location of the residence and the address with the post office.
They are the "heart and soul of the operation," Pettry said.
Pettry said state offenders "state shop," like prescription pill abusers doctor shop.
"Which state is more beneficial to live in? Where do I have to do the least?" he said.
And even with all of the technology used to keep track of the offenders, Swecker said her instinct is still what she trusts most.
"If it seems off, check it out," she said.
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