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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement: Florida Sexual Offenders and Predators, Charting a Course for Public Safety
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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT

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CHARTING A COURSE FOR
PUBLIC SAFETY

FDLE chose the lighthouse to symbolize the joint efforts of the Sexual Offender & Predator Unit and local law enforcement to chart a course for public safety, by providing the public with information about Florida sexual offenders and predators in their communities and endeavoring to bring violators to justice.

Through the Public Safety Information Act of 1997, Florida became the first state to list sexual predators and offenders on the Internet and to make the same information available through a 24-hour/day hotline. This Act allowed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to give the public access to information important to their ability to protect themselves and their families against sexual offenders. Since that time, Florida has continued to lead the nation in legislating strong registration and related sexual offender laws, and effectively implementing these laws through the dedicated efforts of criminal justice partners across the state.

At the time the Public Safety Information Act passed, Florida had 471 sexual predators and approximately 8,000 sexual offenders listed in the database. Today, ten years later, that number has grown to more than 6,400 registered predators and 38,000 registered offenders. Despite the increased volume of registrants, Florida has responded quickly and favorably to the changing demands of state and federal laws as well as the logistical requirements that come with this much larger group of registrants.

From the beginning, Florida has benefited from great support and cooperation from all of our State's criminal justice partners at the local, state, and national levels in implementing a system of sexual predator/offender registration and verification which continues to ensure that important information and updates are available to citizens and criminal justice partners as soon as possible. Indeed, it is the continuing spirit of cooperation among all criminal justice partners and the citizens of Florida that ensures that Florida's registry is as up-to-date and accurate as possible, despite the great challenges to the success of this demanding process. Our state enjoys national recognition as the leader and a model in the strength of our law and in the successful partnership that makes those laws work.

Most importantly, because of these integrated efforts, Florida's public is advised of potential predators/offenders in a timely fashion, and predators and offenders are more closely monitored and controlled. Ultimately, this information makes Florida's citizens especially our children much safer.

FDLE SERVICES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

  • In addition to Internet access, FDLE will offer and maintain a connection to the sexual offender/predator database for all criminal justice agencies that have CJNET capabilities.
  • Viewing and limited write access directly to the state Sex Offender Database (through CJNet) to law enforcement agencies submitting address verification and field intelligence information.
  • Training on sexual predator and offenders laws and relevant Florida procedures and systems.
  • Upon request FDLE will provide all collected modus operandi (MO) information on sexual predators to local law enforcement agencies for investigations and analysis of patterns or actions used in abduction and/or sexual offenses previously committed by the predators.
  • FDLE will provide all sheriffs' offices and FDLE regional operations centers with sexual predator/ offender registration forms.
  • FDLE will make available by diskette, electronic (through CJNET) or hardcopy format, model affidavits and warrants for all offenses regarding sexual offenders and predators.
  • FDLE will make available to all criminal justice agencies in the county where the sexual predator is going to reside a camera-ready copy of a flyer that may be used for community notification.
  • FDLE will coordinate with the Department of Corrections to help ensure that DNA samples on all sexual predators are available to assist agencies in investigating and prosecuting cases.
  • FDLE will actively participate in locating and arresting sexual predators and sex offenders who are not residing at the address they have provided. When FDLE is notified that an offender is not at the location, FDLE will add to the remarks field in the sexual predator/sex offender status record that the reported address does not appear to be correct and, when appropriate, will move to obtain a warrant for the sexual predator or sex offender's arrest. FDLE will continue to work cooperatively with local law enforcement to fully effect this strategy.
  • FDLE will provide analysis and intelligence to assist local agencies in solving crimes that are sexual offenses, particularly where there is a possibility that a sexual predator/or sexual offender is involved.
  • FDLE makes Florida sexual predator and sexual offender information available to other states by providing access to the hot file status records on these persons and by submitting information on these persons to the National Sex Offender Registry. FDLE provides the ability for local law enforcement agencies to access sexual predator information in other states. These are accomplished through the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS).
  • FDLE will serve as a member of interdepartmental teams and task forces if so requested by local authorities.
  • FDLE makes resources available to respond to the needs of the criminal justice community and the public in regard to sexual predators/offenders. This includes, as necessary, crime laboratory services, investigative services and informational services.
  • FDLE conducts regular address verification mail-outs to all registered sexual offenders and predators who are no longer under sanction. Results from these mail-outs are available to local law enforcement agencies and FDLE regional offices through the CJNet and the Sexual Offender Predator Unit to facilitate efforts in identifying and ascertaining the location of any offender or predator who has failed to comply with registration requirements and seeking any necessary warrants or legal action.
  • FDLE offers Florida law enforcement agencies a geo-mapping system that tracks sexual offenders and predators within their jurisdictions. Additionally, geo-mapping applications can be expanded to include automated community mail notifications and other helpful tools. Several agencies have already established effective geo-mapping practices within their agencies for the purposes of community notification and analysis. Analysis may include weekly updated locator graphs of addresses and new predators, along with crime trend information for investigative purposes.

FDLE SERVICES FOR THE PUBLIC

FDLE will make certain information on Florida sexual predators and sexual offenders readily available to the public by

  • posting the predators/offenders registration information and their photographs on the Internet;
  • maintaining a toll-free telephone line for the public to use to inquire whether an individual is a sexual predator or sexual offender; and
  • making informational flyers and brochures on sexual predators and sexual offenders available to the public.
  • NEW IN 2007: Beginning October 1, 2007, FDLE will provide an online account search that allows citizens to see if an email address or instant message name belongs to a registered sexual offender or predator.
  • NEW IN 2007: On January 1, 2008, FDLE will provide an automatic e-mail notification system that allows citizens to sign-up to receive e-mail notifications regarding offenders/predators in their area.

PUBLIC NOTIFICATION

Local law enforcement websites, in conjunction with the FDLE sexual predator/offender website, have proven to be an effective tool for public notification, not only for the state of Florida, but on a national level as well.

Community crime prevention meetings are opportunities to distribute information about local offenders and predators and explain public information laws and safe practices.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FDLE OFFENDER REGISTRATION & TRACKING SERVICES

Per Florida Statute, FDLE shall notify the public of all designated sexual predators through the Internet. {Sections 775.21(7)(c); 943.043, Florida Statutes}

FDLE is responsible for the on-line maintenance of current information regarding each registered sexual predator. {Section 775.21(6)(k)1.}

FDLE must maintain hotline access for state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies to obtain instantaneous locator file and offender characteristics information on all released registered sexual predators for purposes of monitoring, tracking, and prosecution. {Section 775.21(6)(k)1.}

FDLE and the Department of Corrections shall implement a system for verifying the addresses of sexual predators/offenders. The system must be consistent with any federal standards applicable to such verification or required to be met as a condition for the receipt of federal funds by the state. {Sections 775.21(8), 943.0435(6)}

County and local law enforcement agencies, in conjunction with FDLE, shall verify the addresses of sexual predators/offenders who are not under the care, custody, control, or supervision of the Department of Corrections. {Sections 775.21(8), 943.0435(6)}

FDLE's sexual predator and offender registration list is a public record. When FDLE provides information regarding a registered sexual predator to the public, department personnel must advise the person making the inquiry that

  • positive identification of a person believed to be a sexual predator cannot be established unless a fingerprint comparison is made, and
  • it is illegal to use public information regarding a registered sexual predator to facilitate the commission of a crime. {Section 775.21(6)(k)2.}

FDLE shall remove an offender from classification as a sexual offender for purposes of registration if the offender provides to the department a certified copy of the court's written findings or order, and meets other statutory requirements of s. 943.0432(11), that indicates that the offender is no longer required to comply with the requirements for registration as a sexual offender. {Section 943.0435(11)(b)}

FDLE is authorized to disseminate this public information by any means deemed appropriate, including operating a toll-free telephone number for this purpose. {Sections 775.21(6)(k)2.; 943.043; 944.606(2), (3)(d), (4); 985.481(4)}

FDLE shall notify the statewide law enforcement agency, or a comparable agency, in any intended state or jurisdiction of residence of a sexual offender/predator. {Sections 775.21(6)(h); 943.0435(7)}

Statewide notification to the public is authorized, as deemed appropriate by local law enforcement personnel and FDLE. {Sections 775.21(6)(k)2., (7)(b); 943.043}

FDLE shall notify the public of all designated sexual predators through the Internet. The Internet notice shall include the information required in community notifications under s. 775.21(7)(a). {Section 775.21(7)(c)}

FDLE may notify the public through the Internet of any information regarding sexual predators and sexual offenders which is not confidential and exempt from public disclosure under s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. {Section 943.043(1)}

FDLE shall provide, through a toll-free telephone number, public access to registration information regarding sexual predators and sexual offenders and may provide other information reported to the department which is not exempt from public disclosure. {Section 943.043(2)}

FDLE shall provide to any person, upon request and at a reasonable cost determined by the department, a copy of the photograph of any sexual offender or sexual predator which the department maintains in its files and a printed summary of the information that is available to the public. {Section 943.043(3)}

FDLE shall notify the statewide law enforcement agency, or a comparable agency, in the intended state or jurisdiction of residence of a sexual offender's intended residence, when it receives information from an offender or from a sheriff's office regarding the offender's intention to establish residence in another state or jurisdiction. {Section 943.0435(7)-(8)}

Upon receipt of registration information required by the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act and corresponding Florida Statutes, including required notices of changes to such information, FDLE promptly provides such information through an automated teletype message to the local law enforcement agencies in the jurisdictions of the institutions listed in the registration information.

Page Last Updated:07/18/2007