The state sex offender registry will now include multiple photographs of each of its 36,336 current and future occupants.
“Expanding New York’s Sex Offender Registry to include multiple photographs helps ensure that we are providing the most accurate and up-to-date information on offenders living in the state,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement Monday.
Right now, the online database includes just one photo of each convict registered on it.
Michael J. Green, the executive deputy commissioner of the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services, called the photo expansion “an important tool” that will provide local law enforcement “additional information they can use to better monitor offenders who live in their communities.”
Joining the governor in the announcement of the registry photo expansion were Monroe County Sheriff Patrick M. O’Flynn, president of the State Sheriffs Association; Colonie Police Chief Steven H. Heider, president of the State Association of Chiefs of Police; and Mary Haviland, executive director of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault.
“These additional pictures provide useful information in the event that an offender’s appearance has changed,” and her alliance supports the expansion, which is within the parameters of current law, Haviland said.
Green said the registry is posted on the agency’s website at www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor. He said Level 1 offenders, considered a low risk of repeating their offenses, are only disclosed by ZIP codes of current residences. Complete home and work addresses, including street numbers and name, as well are municipality and ZIP code, are disclosed for both Level 2 (medium risk) and Level 1 (high risk) individuals.
Information on Level 2 and Level 3 offenders is also accessible through the state Public Safety Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nyspublicsafety, the commissioner said.
New Yorkers can also sign up to receive alerts via email, text, fax and telephone whenever Level 2 and Level 3 offenders move to or from a community, the commissioner said. Those alerts are made through the state’s NY-ALERT system at www.nyalert.gov, he added.