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Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-6800
Fax: 507-328-6975

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Sexual and Predatory Offender Notification

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Community Notification Policy

This policy is intended to make sure the Rochester Police Department follows the requirements of Minnesota Statutes 243.166244.052 and 244.053. These statutes provide guidelines for the registration of sexual offenders and other predatory offenders. They also relate to community notification regarding the release of certain offenders, while maintaining the legally-required privacy and other rights of those offenders.

Until this law came about, the public had been left out regarding who and where certain predatory offenders reside upon their release from prison. As a matter of policy, the State of Minnesota has found "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).

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

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). The ECRC is 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:

Mandatory Disclosure - Victims and Offenders

 LEVEL I - This offender has a risk assessment score indicating a "low" risk of re-offense.

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 a specific offender. The extent of the information given 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 

2) The offender's pattern of the offending behavior

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.