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Contact: Janine Kava, Press Office
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For immediate release: Friday, June 6, 2008

State to sponsor training in Capital Region designed to assist communities with development of effective sex offender management strategies
Session scheduled for Thursday, June 19 in Troy

Law enforcement and elected officials, victims’ advocates, prosecutors and defense attorneys, sex offender treatment providers and school, social services and mental health professionals can learn strategies for effectively dealing with sex offenders in their communities at day-long trainings sponsored by New York State in June.

The Office of Sex Offender Management at the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is sponsoring seven trainings across the state, including the final session on Thursday, June 19 at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

The free training runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required and seating is limited. For more information or to register, call (518) 457-5628 or send an e-mail to osom.training@dcjs.ny.gov.

The training features six workshops that will explore topics such as myths and facts about sex offenders, treatment and supervision strategies, and victims’ concerns and rights, all designed to give local leaders information that will allow them to establish effective community responses to sex offender management, and develop prevention and education programs.

“The management of sex offenders is one of the most vexing issues that local communities face,” DCJS Commissioner Denise E. O’Donnell said. “This training is designed to provide stakeholders with the information they need to develop effective strategies that will keep the community safe, protect victims’ rights, prevent new sex crimes and ensure that offenders receive appropriate treatment and supervision.”

The training will be conducted by Robert McGrath, a nationally recognized authority on sex offender management and treatment. He is clinical director of the Vermont Department of Corrections’ statewide network of three prison and 12 outpatient sex offender treatment programs.

Established in 2007, the Office of Sex Offender Management at DCJS oversees the state’s Sex Offender Registry; advises the Governor and Legislature on sex offender issues; establishes standards and guidelines concerning how best to supervise and manage these individuals and better protect the public; trains law enforcement and other professionals; and creates community prevention and education campaigns.

Three trainings have already been held across the state, in Purchase (Westchester County), New York City and Plattsburgh (Clinton County). Three others are scheduled for next week in Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton.

DCJS is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including collection and analysis of statewide crime data; operation of the DNA databank and criminal fingerprint files; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state; and administration of the state’s Sex Offender Registry and a toll-free telephone number (1-800-262-3257) and website (www.criminaljustice.ny.gov) that allows anyone to research the status of an offender.