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PUNTA GORDA ó The recent death of Jessica Lunsford, allegedly at the hands of a convicted sex offender, is sparking the Punta Gorda Police Department to launch an aggressive campaign to keep track of registered sex offenders.
It's called the "Adopt-a-Sex-Offender" program.
Officer Tony Smith volunteered to be the first officer on the new program.
"I hope it gets to the point that no sooner do we meet them and let them know why we are there, that they turn around and say I don't want to live in this community anymore and leave. That would be the best result," Smith said.
Smith kicked off his first day of the program with a visit to sex offender Ronald Moore. While Moore wasn't home, Smith explained the program to the man's wife.
Word of the program spread quickly to neighbors.
"I think it's about time that something like this happens. It's a step in the right direction. It will help people feel safe," said city resident Jim Chenard.
The adoptions may raise some eyebrows, but police here say that's fine with them. They vow to move forward with a program that thy say is here to stay.
Chief Chuck Rinehart is sending a strong message to the city's five offenders.
"The line is drawn. We're going to be keeping an eye on you," he