Senator Kemp Hannon informs Facebook users they can now access information about medium- and high-risk sex offenders living in their neighborhood, next to their workplace or near their child’s school with just a few clicks, without leaving the popular social networking site.
“The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) recently launched its Sex Offender Locator Application, accessible via the New York State Public Safety Facebook page,” said Hannon. “Facebook users also can share the application to their own pages and encourage their friends to do the same.”
DCJS maintains the state’s sex offender registry and a registry subdirectory on the agency’s website that provides information about Level 2 (medium risk) and Level 3 (high risk) sex offenders to the public. The new Facebook application is designed to make that information more readily accessible.
“This new app leverages the power of social media to connect New Yorkers to an important resource that can help keep their families safe,” said DCJS Deputy Commissioner Risa Sugarman, who also is director of the agency’s Office of Sex Offender Management. “This tool makes the information available on the Registry much more dynamic and readily accessible, which will enhance community safety.”
New Yorkers can learn about registered sex offenders in a variety of ways, with an offender’s risk level determining what information is available and how it can be accessed. Home address information about a Level 1 offender is limited to zip code. Complete home and work addresses – street number and name, as well as municipality and zip code – are available for Level 2 and Level 3 offenders.
DCJS offers the sex offender relocation notices through the state’s NY-ALERT system; visit www.nyalert.gov and click on the “Sign up for NY-Alerts” link in the left menu to learn more and register. Learn more about the basic obligations of offenders by checking out these Frequently Asked Questions.