ALBANY, N.Y. - With Halloween around the corner, parents are reminded to check the state's Sex Offender Registry.
Parents can easily locate information about offenders in their area via Facebook, online they can also register to receive alerts when medium and high-risk offenders move into their area.
The Sex Offender Locator Application is accessible via the New York State Public Safety Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nyspublicsafety.
DCJS maintains the state's Sex Offender Registry and a Registry subdirectory on the agency's website, www.criminaljustice.ny.gov, that by law provides information about Level 2 (medium risk of re-offense) and Level 3 (high risk of re-offense) sex offenders to the public.
The agency launched the Facebook application in time for Halloween last year, as a way to make Registry information more readily accessible. To access the Registry via a mobile device, visit www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor.
New York's Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Elizabeth Glazer said, "On Halloween, parents often allow their children to do what they normally wouldn't any other day of the year: accept candy from a stranger or someone they may not know that well. The Facebook application gives parents another tool to learn where sex offenders live so they can ensure their children steer clear from those locations and stay safe."
As of Monday, October 22, there were 34,729 registered sex offenders on the state's Sex Offender Registry.