Sexual Offender / Predator Registry
The Public Safety Information Act (PSIA) of 1997 establishes that all sexual predators, who committed their act on or after October 1, 1993, are now subject to mandatory community notification and registration requirements. Registration requirements were also broadened under the PSIA to include sex offenders who have been released from any sanction of the court or from the care, custody, and control of the Florida Department of Corrections on or after October 1, 1997.
Sex offenders are defined in the legislation by their conviction of certain enumerated sex offenses. While law enforcement is not mandated to notify the community on sex offenders, police chiefs and sheriffs may release criminal history information on sex offenders and notify the public of that information at their discretion.
In the event of a Change of Address
The PSIA also requires all sexual predators and sex offenders, if not under custody or supervision of the Florida Department of Corrections and after having initially registered in person with FDLE or the Sheriff in the county where he/she resides, to contact, in person, a local office of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, within 48 hours of any change of address and to obtain a Florida driver's license or identification card, if applicable. The Longwood Police Department Criminal Investigation Division assists in the management of these individuals.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) maintains the Florida Sexual Offender/Predator registry, which provides timely information to the public regarding registered sex offenders and predators. You can search by name, city, county, or zip code. Go to the "Neighborhood Search" function to search for offenders and predators living within a 5-mile radius of any address. FDLE's website also allows citizens to sign up for the Florida Offender Alert system and receive free email notifications when a registered predator or offender moves into your neighborhood.
You can search for additional offenders on the United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Registry.