Sex Offender Registry

A word of caution: The Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) was passed in 1996. This piece of legislation was added into the Corrections Law of New York State and covers those offenders who have been convicted of certain crimes (sex offenses). SORA requires Registered Sex Offenders to keep local law enforcement agencies and the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS informed of their current address and provides penalties for the failure to do so. SORA also allows local Police Departments to notify the community about some of these offenders. For a more detailed description of SORA, visit the New York State DCJS Sex Offender Registry website.

It is important to remember that many sex crimes, especially crimes against children, go unreported. Of the cases that are reported, many can not be prosecuted for a variety of reasons. Although SORA is a powerful tool for making communities safer, it only provides information on a small population of all potential sex offenders living in the community. Do not infer a false sense of security from the limited information contained in any notifications about sex offenders living in your community.

If you are a parent, you should always know and feel comfortable with any person who has unsupervised access to your child. Never assume that because someone you know is not on a list of known sex offenders that there is nothing to worry about. Trust your instincts!

Community Notification

It is the policy of the Albany Police Department to comply with the requirements and intent of Article 6-C of the New York State Correction Law commonly referred to as the “Sex Offender Registration Act”. The Albany Police will inform the community of certain offenders in a variety of ways:

  • The Albany Police Department allows persons of the general public to come in and view the sub-directory of High Risk Sex Offenders. A member of the public may contact the Children and Family Services Unit to find out how to view the sub-directory at the Police Deparmtent. A member of the public may also view the sub-directory online at the NYS DCJS Sex Offender Registry Information website.
  • Effective March 22, 2006, the Albany Police Department allows the general public to view the sub-directory online at their Internet Notification website. Please read the information presented below on this online option.

The Albany Police Department Sex Offender Sub-directory is presented as a public service of the Albany Police Department. The page is intended as a resource for the citizens of Albany. The sub-directory contains identifying information as well as information about the sex offense for which the sex offender is registered. It does not reflect the entire criminal history of a listed sex offender.

The main purpose of providing this data on the Internet is to make the information more easily available and accessible, not to warn about any specific individual. Users are cautioned that positive identification of an individual cannot be conclusively established by comparing name, date of birth, social security number or other information with that provided in this sub-directory. Comparisons based on appearance may also be misleading, and cannot establish a positive identification without some possibility of error.

Anyone who uses this information to injure, harass, or commit a criminal act against any person may be subject to criminal prosecution.

If there are any questions regarding any information on this website, contact the Children and Family Services Unit at (518) 447-8780.

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