On Oct. 1, OffenderWatch’s Adam Kirhagis presented Program Manager Brandy Keyser with a National Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Public Service of Sex Offender Registry Management for her exceptional efforts in data accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of managing sex offenders residing within Frederick County.
OffenderWatch, the nation’s leading registered sex offender management and community notification tool, recently conducted an audit of the 2019 Sheriff’s Office’s Sex Offender Registry. The audit encompassed the review of missing information, compliance rates, and note taking for 238 sex offenders, including 732 registrations or re-registrations, and 859 home visits. The missing information review found that the Sheriff’s Office was one of only two jurisdictions in the country with “zero” missing information, and the assessment of compliance rates and note taking determined that rate at 99 percent.
The Sheriff’s Office has been solely responsible for Frederick County’s Sex Offender Registry since 1995 when the State of Maryland began registering offenders, and Keyser has been the primary program manager since 2001. She has spent the last 19 years pioneering its development to the point where it has become one of the best in the country. In 2015, and in large part due to her hard work and diligence, the Sheriff’s Office became one of the first jurisdictions in the state to individually contract with OffenderWatch to manage and monitor the whereabouts, conduct and compliance status of the registered sex offenders in Frederick County. The success of that partnership led the State of Maryland to adopt it as the state-wide registry platform in 2020.