Contact: Janine Kava, Press Office
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
(518) 457-8906 or (518) 275-5508 – cell
janine.kava@dcjs.ny.gov
www.criminaljustice.ny.gov        

For immediate release:
Friday, Sept. 4, 2009

Enhancing community safety through effective supervision of sex offenders
Training targets officers, investigators, supervisors; first of 12 classes scheduled across the state in September and October held today in Westchester County

Law enforcement officials from 13 agencies in Westchester and Putnam counties and New York City will learn effective strategies for managing sex offenders in their communities at a state-sponsored training today.

The Office of Sex Offender Management at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police is sponsoring the half-day training at the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Police Academy in Valhalla.

Approximately 25 officers from the following agencies are slated to attend: the Bedford, Irvington, Mamaroneck, North Castle, Pelham, Sleepy Hollow, Tuckahoe; Westchester County and White Plains police departments; the New York City Probation Department; the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office; the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and the Westchester County Probation Department.

The training – the first of 12 scheduled across the state in September and October – will cover a variety of topics, including an overview and update on relevant sex offender laws, and the responsibilities of offenders and law enforcement, particularly in the areas of address verification and community notification.

“DCJS, through its Office of Sex Offender Management, is committed to providing anyone responsible for the management and treatment of sex offenders with training and education to enhance their knowledge and skills so they can better protect their communities,” said Denise E. O’Donnell, Governor David A. Paterson’s Deputy Secretary for Public Safety.

“We rely on police officers and sheriff’s deputies to help ensure the integrity of our sex offender management system and the accuracy of the information on the state’s Sex Offender Registry,” Deputy Secretary O’Donnell added. “I’m pleased that we could partner with the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police again to offer this important training.”

The Office of Sex Offender Management at DCJS maintains the state’s Sex Offender Registry and works in partnership with local law enforcement to ensure information on the registry is accurate and up-to-date.

Information about all offenders on the registry can be accessed via a toll-free telephone number (1-800-262-3257) and information about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders is available by visiting the DCJS website – www.criminaljustice.ny.gov – and clicking on the link to “Sex Offender Registry.”

In addition, the office 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.

This is the second training series hosted by the Office of Sex Offender Management in partnership with the Chiefs’ Association. Last year, more than 360 police officers, sheriff’s deputies and supervisors attended 11 trainings in counties across the state.
           
 “The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police appreciates the opportunity to continue our work with DCJS in this special training initiative,” said Mark A. Spawn, director of research, development and training for the Chiefs’ Association. “The role of the police is crucial to the success of New York’s sex offender laws. This program will provide information, tips and resources for law enforcement officers on issues such as address verification, enforcement and policy.”

The half-day trainings are free and the remaining trainings will be held:

  • Thursday, Sept. 24: David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy, Canton (St. Lawrence County)
  • Friday, Sept. 25: Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica (Oneida County)
  • Monday, Sept. 28: Ulster County Law Enforcement Academy, Kingston
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29: Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Poughkeepsie
  • Thursday, Oct. 8: Frederick R. Bennett Recreation Lodge, Cobleskill (Schoharie County)
  • Friday, Oct. 9: Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Edward
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14: Monroe County Public Safety Training Facility, Rochester
  • Thursday, Oct. 15: Erie County Public Safety Training Academy, Williamsville
  • Friday, Oct. 16: Seneca County Law Enforcement Center, Romulus
  • Monday, Oct. 19: New York City Police Academy
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20: Nassau County Police Academy, Massapequa Park

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; and support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state.