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Columbia Missourian - State, county maintain disparate offender lists
Highway Patrol Capt. Tim McGrail, who is in charge of the criminal records and identification division, said the state's registry is an information tool for the public, "not necessarily a tracking or monitoring device."He
said: "It's more accurate today than it was several years ago, because there are more checks and balances in place.
"I try to follow state law, policy, rules and regulations," McGrail
"It's hard for these sheriffs to go to their county commissioners and say I need two more officers to work on this," McGrail
foresees cooperation among county agencies similar to the Missouri Drug Task Force
, in which two or more counties could share resources to track noncompliant offenders.
The Sedalia Democrat Online
However, the state's database is a different software program, and the two programs aren't compatible, said Capt. Tim McGrail, director of criminal records and identification division of the Highway Patrol.
The jail sends the Highway Patrol
a paper copy of fingerprints, which the Highway Patrol scans into its electronic database.Because of backlog, a paper copy of fingerprints can take a month or more to be compared to suspects or known criminals, Capt. McGrail
said.An electronic version takes 24 hours, he
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uring testimony before Schad's committee this week, Highway Patrol Capt. Tim McGrail, who oversees the state's sex offender registry, said the state would stand to lose $500,000 a year in federal money if the laws are changed the way Schad is proposing.Schad thinks it's possible the state could recoup that money in savings on state programs for offenders who could come off the list.
But Highway Patrol Capt. Tim McGrail, the director of the patrol's Criminal Justice Information Services section said lawmakers should not be in a rush to make it easier to remove a name from the sexual offenders list.
Calling lawmakers' attention to previous cases of sex offenders committing nationally notorious crimes, McGrail
pointed to the offenders list as a crime fighting tool.
"So, okay, we take people off the list, what happens?
That's the question," McGrail
Captain Tim McGrail, ...
Captain Tim McGrail, Director of the State Highway Patrol's Criminal Records and Identification Division, says it will take time and money to have the registry as part of the Patrol's website.
But, he says it will make it easier to keep track of registered offenders.
McGrail says it will likely be next July before Missourians will be able to access the information on the Parol's website.
ABC 17 KMIZ TV - News
Tim McGrail with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says when officers make contact with a person they'll be able to check and see if the individual is a sex offender.