A Message From The Chief About Sex
Recently the State of
As a result of the
recent media coverage, many citizens have focused more attention on
knowing about registered sex offenders in their community. Although I am
pleased to see that citizens are taking the time to keep themselves
informed, this recent attention has also caused some confusion,
misunderstanding, and unwarranted fear. Because of that I would like to
explain a little bit about how this process works and how the
The Sex Offender
Registration and Notification Act of 1999 requires registration of
individuals convicted of certain sex related crimes and sentenced after
In the event that a “10
Year Registrant” or “Lifetime Registrant” moves to
During the course of the
review, Detective Greenleaf will keep me apprised of any information
that might indicate a need for immediate neighborhood intervention. I
know that many people have asked why the Scarborough
With respect to public
notification, the law leaves it to the discretion of the Police
Department to determine what level of notification, if any, is necessary
to ensure the safety of the community. It has been, and will continue to
be, my policy to commence an immediate neighbor intervention
(leafleting, face-to-face notification, reverse 911 notifications, etc.)
in any case where a real and imminent danger to the community exists. I
do, however, feel that overuse of these methods can lead to complacency
on the part of our citizens. If and when there comes a time that you see
I can certainly appreciate the fact that knowing that an offender is living nearby can make us very uncomfortable. We do, however, need to take some comfort in the fact that at least this is someone that we know about and can identify. The reality is that there could in fact be other individuals living in our community whose crimes have gone unreported and have never been identified.
That is why I think it is so important for us to teach our children about talking with strangers and the dangers of being lured into unsafe places as well as to help them understand what are or are not appropriate behaviors for people with whom they come in contact. These lessons should be taught and reinforced on an on-going basis and not just when there is an indication that an offender may be living nearby.
The questions that have been raised however have made me think about ways that we might better keep you informed about registered offenders in our community. In order to accomplish this we have developed a submission form for you to supply us with your e-mail address in the event that you are interested in receiving an e-mail notification each time there is a modification to the sex offender section of our web site. This notification would be triggered any time that an offender is added, removed, or edited on our site.
I hope that this information and the information contained in the links to other sites that we have provided is helpful to you. Should you feel that you need additional information that is not provided please feel free to contact me 207-883-6361.
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