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The move of Megan's Law Unit, which handles sex offender registration, has caused some members of the community concern.

Since the Harford County Sheriff’s Office moved its sex offender registration to a storefront in downtown Bel Air at the end of last year, the community has expressed varied reactions to the move.

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office Megan’s Law Unit, which handles registration of sex offenders, moved to 110 S. Main Street which used to house Bel Air Copy & Print Center.

The unadorned storefront has dark curtains on the windows and no sign on its facade.

This month, Patch featured a photo of the building as part of the . It triggered a passionate response from community members.

The move to the new space involved very little travel. The unit was previously located just up the street in .

“It’s been at Main Street for years,” said , public information officer with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

The new building moves sex offender registry traffic out of the heavily trafficked main lobby at headquarters, Worrell said.

Traffic through the Sheriff’s Office's main lobby includes those getting fingerprinted or people picking up copies of accident reports. It's not out of the ordinary for visitors to bring a child in tow, she added, making it a less than ideal area for sex offender registration.

“We needed space. It had been sitting vacant for entirely too long,” Worrell said  “We fixed up the building and people are working out of it.”

While the unit has long been operating on Main Street, the move was not entirely welcomed by some community members.

In December, sent out email updates noting the move, and stating, “we are taking several steps as a community organization to start a dialogue with Harford Co. and discuss our concerns about this move.”

Another concerned resident emailed Patch expressing concern about the new location’s proximity to , and .

How do you feel about the new location for the Megan's Law unit? Tell us in the comments.

Hazzard Native January 25, 2012 at 06:57 PM
They should have to go to the detention center or courthouse. Why are the taxpayers paying rent on Main St for this?
Phil Dirt January 25, 2012 at 07:15 PM
People are concerned about the move being close to the barber, schools, and the library? They used to be on the next block - which is even closer to the elementary school and the library, not to mention the shops for children on North Main Street.
Tom Brandis January 25, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I agree with Hazzard. Why are we as tax payers paying rent for this place when the couthouse and detention center are already in place? Waste on waste.
Ed Jr. January 26, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Hazzard & Brandis, I agree why isn't it located at Jesse Bane's white whale detention center. Might as well use the empty space for something.
Guy January 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM
The Detention Center would have been the right move. But then again when it isn't your money go for it.
James Liescheidt January 26, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I don't understand your concerns. These folks live in your neighborhoods, shop in your local stores and shopping centers and walk our streets every day. Also, 110 S. Main Street is not a residential area. Main Street has more police patrols on foot and by vehilce than any other part of town. Also, many of these offendeers have no form of transportation other than public conveyances. The Detention Center is too far out of the way and the Court Houses are not the place for this added traffic.
Tom Brandis January 26, 2012 at 02:17 PM
James, I don't like the fact that we, as tax payers, have to pay rent on a piece of property when the court house is within walking distance of this place. It's not a public safety concern on my part. Also, where did you get the info that most of these offenders don't have transportation? That doesn't make sense to me. It's not like these offenders are from only one economic class and can't afford a car. And as far as foot traffic goes, really, how many sex offenders would be going in and out of the court house each day? This is just another example of wasted tax payers money. There are already plenty of gov't buildings where these offenders can go and register.
Ashley January 26, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Public transportation? Last time I checked Bel Air didn't have the MTA running through it (Thank god) and you can take a taxi anywhere. I agree with the others, one more thing that our tax dollars are being wasted on.
crystal January 26, 2012 at 06:30 PM
We don't know the whole story. Only what we were told. Maybe there was an incident that made it ideal to segregate this to a separate building. Further more if those sickos want to be near a place where there are children they will, especially when know one is looking and when they are being singled out. We all know why they going into that building. Also harford county has many offenders, which many live in our neighborhoods if not on our streets.
FLRush January 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Yes, another waste of taxes renting another building. I worked for DPW-Construction Management, retired, which occupied a very large building located behind the 911 center in Hickory that was built to store the old large voting machines and was no longer needed for that purpose when the newer modular machines were put in use. As Project Manager we spent well over 800K upgrading this building, new offices, 3 new hvac systems, telephone, electric & internet wiring, doors & windows, new public water & sewer system, new roof, ADA modifications, new drop ceilings & insulation, new flooring, new parking lot lighting. Approximately 40 people worked out of this location, then, they were relocated to a rented building on Bond Street in Bel Air at what I heard was a cost of $10,000 a month rent. The last I heard from one of the procurement agents was that the County wanted to reoccupy the building when they had to evacuate 212 Bond Street and found that the building HVAV had been turned off, the building was full of mold and uninhabitable. Go figure.

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