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Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-6800
Fax: 507-328-6975

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Sex Offender Notification

Community Notification Policy

This policy is intended to ensure that the Rochester Police Department complies with the requirements of Minnesota Statutes 243.166244.052 and 244.053 to provide for the registration of sexual offenders and other predatory offenders and to provide community notification relative to the release of certain of those offenders, while maintaining the legally required privacy and other rights of those offenders.

Until this law came about the public has been left out regarding who these people are and where they reside upon their release from prison. As a matter of policy the State of Minnesota has found that "If members of the public are provided adequate notice and information about a sex offender who has been or is about to be released from custody and who lives or will be living in or near their neighborhood, the community can develop constructive plans to prepare themselves and their children for the offenders release" (Legislative intent).

In order to implement this policy, it is the policy of the Rochester Police Department to facilitate the registration of sexual and other predatory offenders. It is further the policy of this agency to provide community notification relative to the release of those offenders as designated by statute, while preserving the legal rights of those offenders.

It is the policy of the Rochester Police Department to provide the maximum information authorized by law, consistent with the requirements of public safety and the legal rights of the offender.

Who determines what offenders are subject to the Community Notification Act?
In Minnesota, 90 days prior to being released from prison, a sex offender is assigned a Re-offense Risk Level. This Risk Level is determined by the End of Confinement Review Committee (ECRC), a group of psychologists, criminal justice professionals, and victim advocates. The Risk Level assigned ultimately determines the scope of community notification.  The levels are as follows: LEVEL I - This offender has a risk assessment score indicating a "low" risk of re-offense. Mandatory Disclosure - Victims and Offenders.
Discretionary Disclosure - Witnesses and Other Law Enforcement Agencies. LEVEL II - This offender has a risk assessment score indicating a "moderate" risk of re-offense. Mandatory Disclosure - Same as Level I.
Discretionary Disclosure - Same as Level I, Public and Private Educational Institutions, Day Care Establishments and Establishments and Organizations that primarily serve individuals likely to be victimized by the offender.

  • LEVEL I - This offender has a risk assessment score indicating a "low" risk of re-offense.
    • Mandatory Disclosure - Victims and Offenders.
    • Discretionary Disclosure - Witnesses and Other Law Enforcement Agencies.
  • LEVEL II - This offender has a risk assessment score indicating a "moderate" risk of re-offense.
    • Mandatory Disclosure - Same as Level I.
    • Discretionary Disclosure - Same as Level I, Public and Private Educational Institutions, Day Care Establishments and Establishments and Organizations that primarily serve individuals likely to be victimized by the offender.
  • LEVEL III - This offender has a risk assessment score indicating a "high" risk of re-offense.
    • Mandatory Disclosure - Same as Level I & Level II.
    • Discretionary Disclosure - Same as Level I & Level II and Other Members of the Community whom the Offender is likely to Encounter.
 

Disclosure of information to the public is based on the Risk Level assigned to that particular offender. The extent of the information disclosed and the community to whom disclosure is made must relate only to, and include, all of the following: 1) the level of the danger posed by the offender, and 2) the offender's pattern of the offending behavior, and 3) the need of the community members for information to enhance their individual and collective safety. Notification required and/or allowed per Risk Level are: To search for Level III sex offenders in the State of Minnesota, see the Minnesota Department of Corrections Level 3  Predatory Offender Information website.

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Community Resources

Crime Prevention
(507) 328-6890

Community Notification Coordinator
(507) 328-6896

Investigations
(507) 328-6925

Minnesota Department of Corrections 
651-361-7340 or toll free 1-866-396-9953

Office of Justice Programs
651-201-7300
Toll free: 888-622-8799
TTY: 651-205-4827

Minnesota State Legislature 
Senate 651-296-0504
House  651-296-214

Jacob Wetterling Foundation 
1-800-325-HOPE (4673)