SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB
DATE: February 7, 2012
CONTACT: Steve Schmidt, 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108
COUNTY FORMALIZES SEX OFFENDER MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
At the urging of County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, District Attorney
Bonnie Dumanis and Sheriff Bill Gore the San Diego County Board of
Supervisors voted unanimously today to formalize the San Diego Sex
Offender Management Council, a group of law enforcement and
treatment specialists who've joined forces to keep the region safer
from sex offenders.
“Our county is constantly finding new ways to better protect residents from sex offenders, said Supervisor Jacob. “Formalizing the SOMC will keep us at that forefront. Whether it’s providing moms and dads with easier access to the Megan’s Law database or pushing for closer monitoring of offenders, our county is committed to saying vigilant.”
"Through collaborative efforts, San Diego County has become a model for sex offender management,” said DA Dumanis. “The District Attorney’s Office is proud to join Sheriff Gore and Supervisor Jacob in supporting the formalization of this critical public safety resource on sex offender management.”
The SOMC was informally established about 10 years ago and has been voluntarily providing training, supervision standards and community education programs focused around sex offender issues. Formalization of the SOMC by ordinance will facilitate seeking grants to enable further outreach and partnering with key community and treatment partners.
Recently, Governor Jerry Brown removed Department of Justice personnel assigned to the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force. In supporting today’s board letter, the District Attorney noted that now, more than ever, there is a need for a collaborative local effort to address the ongoing issues related to sex offenders in the County.
One of the main objectives of the SOMC is continuing education and outreach into schools and communities regarding sex offender prevention, warning signs, issues and policies.