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Sex Offender Registry helps parents keep children safer when going back to school

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Getting to know the route your child will walk to the bus stop or to school may help keep them safer this school year.

As parents are checking off school supply lists, there may be one more list you'll want to check out. We're talking about the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry.

By simply putting in an address, the data base has the capability of pulling up registered sex offenders in your area. From there, you can take a closer look at specific charges or mug shots.

We did a little research and found out that there are 654 registered sex offenders, according to the data base, that are living in Potter and Randall Counties.

The site is run by the Texas Department of Public Safety and is free to the public, so for parents it may be worth doing some homework before sending your kids back to school.

"When I get home that's the first thing I am going to look at because that's very scary," Louise Kimfila, a concerned mother, told us.

While knowledge can be power, there is something else Kimfila suggests to help keep the community safe. "I think everybody here should look out for everyone," she said. "If you see (someone) that's just walking around and you don't see them interacting with a child, at least ask them. Just start a conversation with them so you can know more about that person."

For a closer look at the DPS Public Sex Offender Registry, follow this link: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/sexoffender

Colleen Nelson - NewsChannel 10