Janine Kava, deputy director of public information for the State Division of Criminal Justice Services, said much of the onus of the Sex Offender Registry Program is on the offenders.
Those categorized as a Level 1 or Level 2 offender must notify the jurisdiction in which they live if they move or have other changes to their registry information.
But Level 3 offenders — the highest risk of re-offending — and those deemed sexual predators, must physically report every 90 days to their jurisdiction designee.
Level 1 and 2 offenders must also have their photograph taken every three years and Level 3 offenders every year if their appearance has changed, Kava said.
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Franklin County has 56 Level 3 registered sex offenders, according to the division’s website.
How the Level 1 and Level 2 checks are made and how often is up to the law-enforcement official in charge, “but their obligation is to enforce the sex-offender statute exactly like any other law in the state,” Kava said.
Franklin County deputies recently arrested two sex offenders for non-compliance during a lengthy campaign conducted with the U.S. Marshal Service, which also contributed $2,000 toward deputy overtime expenses.
Mulverhill said having fewer fully trained deputies could also mean little or no involvement in public-service activities, like parades and the Franklin County Fair, or public-safety concerns, such as STOP DWI, drunken-driving, all-terrain-vehicle or snowmobile-trail checkpoints.
“A sheriff is a constitutional office with police powers. It always has been,” Mulverhill said.
“And we’re the only law-enforcement officials the public gets to vote on.”
According to Article 17 Section 652 (2) of New York State County Law, “within the limits of the appropriation, the sheriff may appoint as many regular deputy sheriffs as he may deem proper, but not exceeding one for every 3,000 inhabitants of the county.”