Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino today announced that New Yorkers now can register to receive alerts whenever a Level 2 or 3 sex offender moves to, or from, a community of interest to them and their family. The Sex Offender Registry and alert system is available and monitored by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).
“Keeping our children safe from sex offenders is one of the most important issues that I have advocated for,” said Assemblyman Saladino. “By notifying parents that a registered sex offender is moving to their communities, they will have vital information needed to better protect their children from sex offenders and predators in our neighborhoods.”
This new initiative results from legislation Assemblyman Saladino pushed for and helped pass last year. In addition to e-mail alerts, interested New Yorkers also can be notified through text messages, fax or by telephone.
“It is very time-consuming for parents to constantly look online for registered sex offenders living in their area,” said Assemblyman Saladino. “Having these alerts sent directly to them saves time, gives them up-to-date information, and ensures that parents are aware of potential sexual predators living nearby so they may take the appropriate actions.”
Individuals can sign-up for the alerts at the DCJS Web site at www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us, where they can register up to three areas - either by county/municipality, zip code or specific address, or any combination of those three options.