The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has debuted a sex offender locator application for Facebook just in time for Halloween. The new application, released Oct. 17, allows the user to find medium- and high-risk level offenders' exact addresses, photos, aliases, auto descriptions, and charges through a zip code search.
“Knowledge is power. New Yorkers now have another way to access up-to-date information about sex offenders in their neighborhoods,” DCJS Acting Commissioner Sean M. Byrne said in a release. “With Halloween around the corner, parents now have another tool to learn where offenders live so they can ensure their children stay away from those locations, as well as strangers’ homes. The Facebook app puts that important information at parents’ fingertips, whether they are at home or on the go.”
As of today, there are 32,994 registered sex offenders on the state’s Sex Offender Registry: 12,473 Level 1 offenders; 11,685 Level 2 offenders; 8,163 Level 3 offenders; and 673 offenders whose risk level is pending. A registry search reveals 13 sex offenders in the Northport, East Northport, Huntington, and Commack area.
State law requires convicted sex offenders to report their address annually and report a new address no later than 10 days after moving or face arrest and prosecution as in the recent cases of and .
Click here to check out the New York State Public Safety Sex Offender Locator App on Facebook. For more information, call 1-800-262-3257.