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New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
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For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010

Training focuses on effective supervision of sex offenders to enhance community safety

Series of classes across the state targets law enforcement professionals

Local, state and federal law enforcement professionals from 23 agencies in Nassau and Suffolk counties and New York City today will learn effective strategies for managing sex offenders in their communities at a state-sponsored training, the first of eight scheduled across the state this fall.

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 this morning at the Suffolk County Police Academy in Brentwood.

Approximately 90 professionals (see below for a complete agency list) are slated to attend both trainings, which are among eight scheduled statewide in November and December. The trainings will cover a variety of topics, including an overview and update on 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 working in partnership with local law enforcement to ensure the integrity of our sex offender management system and the accuracy of the information on the state’s Sex Offender Registry,” Acting Commissioner Sean M. Byrne said. “We are proud to join with the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police again to offer this important training.”

This is the third training series hosted by the Office of Sex Offender Management in partnership with the Chiefs’ Association. Last year, more than 460 police officers, sheriff’s deputies, prosecutors, and probation and parole officers attended 12 trainings in counties across the state.

“The training is designed to provide law enforcement with the information, tips and resources they need to effectively enforce the state’s sex offender laws, which are frequently amended,” said Mark A. Spawn, director of research, development and training for the Chiefs’ Association. “This series of classes will ensure that officers have up-to-date and accurate information about community notification, address verification and other important rules and regulations.”

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 the 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 “Sex Offenders” link in the horizontal menu.

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. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Offender Counts by County

The half-day trainings are free and the remaining classes for law enforcement professionals will be held:

  • Monday, Nov. 8 at the Central New York Police Academy on the campus of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9 at the Broome County Law Enforcement Academy at the Sheriff’s Office in Binghamton
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Rural Police Training Institute at Genesee Community College
  • Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the New York State Police Academy at the State Office Campus in Albany
  • Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona
  • Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Ulster County Law Enforcement Training Group in Kingston

Representatives from the following agencies will attend the trainings today and tomorrow in Suffolk and Nassau counties:

  • Police officers from Amityville, Centre Island, East Hampton, Garden City, Hempstead, Lloyd Harbor, Long Beach, Malverne, Nassau County, Port Washington Police District, Old Westbury, Southampton and Southold
  • Suffolk County, New York City and federal probation officers, and New York State parole officers
  • Attorneys from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the New York Attorney General’s Office
  • Officials from Suffolk County Sex Offense Court, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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.