SUFFOLK TO MOVE HOMELESS SEX OFFENDERS
Suffolk officials say they hope to begin moving homeless sex offenders out of trailers onthe East End within several weeks, the first indication of progress in implementing an emergencymonitoring plan passed nearly four months ago. The Community Protection Act, drafted byCounty Executive Steve Bellone and approved unanimously by the county legislature February 5,called for relocating about 40 homeless male sex offenders now living in the trailers to sheltersaround Suffolk. The Community Protection Act also authorized police to pay a nonprofitorganization up to $2.7 million over three years to better monitor all registered sexoffenders. On May 1, the county completed its contract with Parents for Megan's Law, anonprofit that will assist police in verifying offender addresses. Laura Ahearn, executivedirector of the nonprofit, said she has started putting new staff in place as part of the deal andis developing new technology, such as a smartphone application, for residents to report suspectedregistration violations. We’ve moved very quickly, Ahearn said. We predictwe'll be fully operational by the beginning of June.
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