Watch Systems helps law enforcement adopt best practices in sex offender management and community notification. Watch Systems has developed an Internet-based software solution called OffenderWatch® that will immediately improve the workflow, compliance, and efficiency of our law enforcement clients. Our experience in this field means we have already incorporated a great many configurable features into OffenderWatch® to allow agencies to use the software in different ways, and to become immediately compliant while accommodating variations in state laws. OffenderWatch® has helped states achieve compliance with the SORNA requirements of the Adam Walsh Act within each office associated with registration, verification and state reporting.
The OffenderWatch® network enables 10,000 users from over 3,500 agencies in 35 states to manage 61% of the 769,402 registered sex offenders in the U.S.
- Connects federal, state, territorial, tribal and local sex offender registry officials.
- OffenderWatch® Network consists of thousands of agencies in separate jurisdictions.
- Offender records can be copied or exchanged effortlessly through the OffenderWatch® network.
- Provides an automatic alert of any offender moving into the jurisdiction, and receipt from the agency accepting the offender.
- Enables federal, state, and local data sharing and messaging.
- Powerful “National Search” connects investigators in many different departments and roles.
- One platform connects prosecutors, courts, sheriffs, police, counselors, corrections, tribes, marshals, probation, military, child abduction response teams, interagency compliance sweep teams, and immigration.
OffenderWatch® is a thin client application supported by a hosted architecture that is scalable, fully redundant and supports automatic recovery. Our hardware is configured in High Availability (HA) pairs that allow them to automatically synchronize data and perform fail-over operations. All traffic is routed through an HA pair of load balancers that allows the system to scale up with additional servers as needed. Hypervisors that monitor the system are also setup with N+1 redundancy to enable automatic failover and recovery.
Current OffenderWatch® usage:
- 4000-6000 active users per day
- 1,000+ concurrent users
- 3500+ law enforcement agencies
- 500,000+ offender records
- 80,000+ map views per month
- 500,000+ system messages between agencies
- Agencies have access to all their database information and owns the data.
- OffenderWatch® has been interfaced with hundreds of databases for Criminal History, Mug Shots, DMV, LPR.
- OffenderWatch® includes a National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) conforming Web Service interface using tagged XML.
- Supports the Global Justice XML Data Model and CSV.
- Can import/export files to OffenderWatch® as required by agencies.
Watch Systems has made the investment in critical infrastructure, tools, services and personnel required to achieve regulatory compliance with SSAE 16 and SOC2. Our compliance reflects our commitment to support the highest standards for business process control, data security, and privacy.
SSAE 16 SOC 2 Type II Data Center Compliance
Watch Systems data centers are SSAE 16 Type II compliant, having successfully completed the rigorous independent audit required of the newer SSAE 16 standard. This means you can have complete confidence that your critical data and infrastructure is in a facility which employs stringent internal business processes and IT controls for the services provided. What is SSAE 16?
The Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE 16) is an attestation standard established by the AICPA to report on the controls and services provided to customers. As opposed to the SAS 70 audit standard, compliance with the SSAE 16 attestation standard requires the data center’s management to provide a written assertion about the fair presentation of the system’s design, controls, and operational effectiveness. This statement, along with an independent auditor’s evaluation of controls like Watch Systems’ organization, security and change management systems, are considered when determining SSAE 16 compliance. What is SOC 2?
The Service Organization Control (SOC) is a mechanism for service organizations to report on the design and effectiveness of their security policies, communications, procedures and monitoring. As an SSAE 16 SOC 2 Type II certified company, Watch Systems has been audited by a third party organization on our control activities related to:
- Security: Data Centers are protected against unauthorized access (both physical and logical).
- Availability: The system is available for operation and use as committed or agreed.
- Confidentiality: Information that is designated “confidential” is protected as committed or agreed.
CJIS Security Conformance Watch Systems has reviewed the OffenderWatch® policies and procedures to verify that it meets the requirements necessary for U.S. state and local agencies to use OffenderWatch® services to store and process Criminal Justice Information. Watch Systems follows the same requirements that law enforcement and public safety adhere to. Watch Systems continues to work with a variety of states to provide additional information to law enforcement authorities about the nature of the services, and ensures appropriate background screening for operating personnel. What is CJIS Security Policy?
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy provides appropriate controls to protect the full lifecycle of criminal justice information, whether at rest or in transit. The CJIS Security Policy provides guidance for the creation, viewing, modification, transmission, dissemination, storage, and destruction of criminal justice information.