New app designed to protect parents and children from sex offenders

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - if you have school age kids you've probably prepared them to head back to school with the essentials, like supplies and clothes. But have you taken the time to check out the safety of your child's surroundings on their way to class?

As kids head back to school law enforcement is working to educate parents about safety.

"As parents we have a responsibility to do everything we can to make sure our children are safe. If you're going to have your children walking home, or riding a bike even, make sure the way their going is a safe way. Do everything you can to ensure that is a safe place for your children to be," said Lieutenant Mike Eppler with the Denison police.

There's a new app that can help protect you and your children.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has launched a new mobile app designed to give the public instant access to the state's Sex Offender Registry, Texas 10 most wanted and other valuable resources.

"Other parents should know about it, and I think it should be good to let your children know, maybe, to stay out of that area or to let them know to be aware about what's happening," said Tina McVay, a mother.

The app includes interactive maps for searching registered sex offenders by location, name, route and proximity, data on recent human trafficking cases based on location and the ability to report suspicious activity to the D.P.S.

"I would consider it, considering I have a three daughters and a son," said McVay.

"I think anything that we can use to keep our kids safe we should utilize," said Eppler.

The state of Texas does not prohibit sex offenders from living or going near places frequented by children.

However, several cities have adopted ordinances that prohibit sex offenders from being within a specified distance of these locations.

Officers urge you to check with your city officials about specific rules in your city.

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