Current Initiative Program
Detectives from the LVMPD SOAP Unit are in the process of verifying the physical addresses of over 4000 registered sex offenders residing in the Las Vegas valley. The purpose of this initiative is to verify that the information being provided to law enforcement by the specific offender is true and accurate. This allows for the public to accurately search the Offender Watch Database for sex offenders in their area.
Offender Watch Sex Offender Database:
Maintained by the LVMPD SOAP Detail and is populated with information on all registered sex offenders within the LVMPD's jurisdiction. It allows the public to search and map their areas for registered sex offenders, pull up a recent photo and see the crimes for which they have been convicted. The program also allows us to send out community mailers on Tier III offenders when they move into a specific neighborhood. The public can also input their address and the system will email them when an offender moves into a predetermined radius of their homes.
Tier Ratings as they currently stand (these will be modified as of July 1, 2008)
Tier 0 (No assessment required)
Convicted sex offenders who are required to register; however, they are convicted of a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or crime against a child, and are not subject to community notification. These offenders are not subject to a risk assessment and therefore the identities of these offenders will not be posted to the Offender Watch Website because their offense is not listed under NRS 179D.620.
Tier 1 (Low risk)
A convicted sex offender who is assessed as posing a possible risk of recidivism and threat to public safety. Notification shall be provided only to persons authorized to receive criminal history record information. Typically, this includes law enforcement, prosecutors and courts. Assessment information is not intended for the general public therefore the identities of these offenders will not be posted to the Offender Watch Website.
Tier 2 (Moderate risk)
A convicted sex offender who is assessed as posing a probable risk of recidivism and threat to public safety. Requires notification to law enforcement and organizations in the community, including schools, religious and youth organizations, as well as prosecutors and courts. Nevada state law (NRS 179B.250) permits the Nevada Sex Offender Registry to release certain information about all Tier 2 Level offenders. The information shared with the general public, if available, is on the Offender Watch Website and includes the following:
- The offender's name, including any aliases
- Tier Level
- Year(s) of birth used by the offender
- Physical description
- Residential address, block number of the address of the employer, and block number of the address of the school of the offender
- Name offender convicted under
- City / County / Township of conviction
- Description of conviction
- Penal Institution / hospital committed for sexual offense
- The offense for which the offender was convicted
- The date and location of each conviction
- A photographic image of the offender, if available All Tier 2 offenders are listed on this Website.
Tier 3 (High risk)
A convicted sex offender who is assessed as posing a substantial risk of recidivism and threat to public safety. Requires notification to law enforcement, organizations in the community, including schools, religious and youth organizations, prosecutors and courts and general community notification. The same information listed under Tier 2 is also available to the public on Tier 3 offenders. All Tier 3 offenders are listed on the Offender Watch Website.
AB-579 legislative changes as of July 1, 2008: (to comply with the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act)
How often must a registered sex offender appear in person to update his or her registration information?
A sex offender must appear in person, allow the jurisdiction to take a current photograph, and verify the information in each registry in which that offender is required to be registered not less frequently than:
- Annually for a tier I sex offender,
- Every six months for a tier II sex offender, and
- Every three months for a tier III sex offender.
Sex offenders must carry out this schedule of personal appearances in all jurisdictions where they reside, are employed or attend school. As with other SORNA requirements, jurisdictions may require in person appearances by sex offenders with greater frequency than the minimum required by SORNA.
Tier ratings as of July 1, 2008:
The use of the "tier" classifications in SORNA relates to substance, not form or terminology. Thus, to implement the SORNA requirements, jurisdictions do not have to label their sex offenders as "tier I," "tier II," and "tier III," and do not have to adopt any other particular approach to labeling or categorization of sex offenders. Rather, the SORNA requirements are met as long as sex offenders who satisfy the SORNA criteria for placement in a particular tier are consistently subject to at least the duration of registration, frequency of in person appearances for verification, and extent of website disclosure that SORNA requires for that tier.
Tier I: Predicate offenses include whatever offenses do not support a higher classification, such as misdemeanor registration offenses and child pornography possession.
Tier II: Predicate offenses include most felonious sexual abuse or sexual exploitation crimes involving victims who are minors.
Tier III: Predicate offenses generally encompass sexual assaults involving sexual acts regardless of victim age, sexual contact offenses against children below the age of 13, nonparental kidnapping of minors, and attempts or conspiracies to commit such offenses.
What information must be available to the public through public websites?
In order to comply with SORNA the following registry information about each sex offender that lives, works, or goes to school in a particular jurisdiction must be included on that jurisdiction's sex offender website:
- The name of the sex offender, including all aliases.
- The address of each residence at which the sex offender resides or will reside and, if the sex offender does not have any (present or expected) residence address, other information about where the sex offender has his or her home or habitually lives. (If current information of this type is not available because the sex offender is in violation of the requirement to register or not able to be located, the website must note this.)
- The address of any place where the sex offender is an employee or will be an employee and, if the sex offender is employed but does not have a definite employment address, other information about where the sex offender works.
- The address of any place where the sex offender is a student or will be a student.
- The license plate number and a description of any vehicle owned or operated by the sex offender.
- A physical description of the sex offender.
- The text of the sex offense for which the sex offender is registered and any other sex offense for which the sex offender has been convicted.
- A current photograph of the sex offender.
Which information is prohibited from being available on public websites?
Jurisdictions must exempt four types of information from disclosure. These exemptions only constrain jurisdictions in relation to the information made available on their publicly accessible sex offender websites. It does not limit the discretion of jurisdictions to disclose these types of information in other contexts, such as to law enforcement. The exempted four types of information are:
- The victim's identity,
- The Social Security number of the sex offender,
- Any reference to arrests of the sex offender that did not result in conviction, and
- Passport and immigration document numbers.
There are also optional exemptions, which apply to information that jurisdictions may exempt from their websites in their discretion. These are:
- Any information about a tier I sex offender convicted of an offense other than a specified offense against a minor.
- The name of an employer of the sex offender,
- The name of an educational institution where the sex offender is a student,
- Any other information which the Attorney General allows to be exempted.
As noted, these exclusions are discretionary. Jurisdictions are free to include these types of information on their sex offender websites if they are so inclined.