Community Notification

The Golden Valley Police Department is authorized by the State of Minnesota to inform the public of a sex offender's release from prison, or a secure treatment facility, when it believes that the release of information will enhance public safety (Minnesota Statue 244.052).

As of February 2012, the law requires community notification when a sex offender moves into any "residence facility" in that community. The information here pertains to sex offenders released into the City of Golden Valley.

Community Meetings

Standard public meetings, when sex offenders are released, give citizens information about the notification law, the offender, the offender's rights and restrictions, and what people can do to make themselves, and their families, safer.

Community Notification Act

The legislation was passed in 1997 so members of the public have adequate notice and information about a sex offender who has been or is about to be released near them.

Assessment of Risk Level

The public risk posed by a sex offender is determined by a committee of experts. Information about the offender, including their risk level, is sent to the law enforcement agency having primary jurisdiction over the area in which the offender plans to reside.

For Level 1 releases, law enforcement agencies share information with other law enforcement agencies and with victims and witnesses. With Level 2 offenders, the policy suggests that schools and daycare providers be notified, along with establishments and organizations that primarily serve individuals likely to be victimized. With Level 3 offenders, law enforcement may also notify other members of the community whom the offender is likely to encounter.

Additional Resources

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