Sex Offender Watch
Welcome to the Goodyear Police Department’s website for Sex Offender information for the city of Goodyear. The purpose of this Sex Offender website is to provide information to the public concerning the location of sex offenders residing in Goodyear. This site is NOT intended to supplement the community notification process, but rather, it allows the Goodyear Police Department to promote public awareness concerning the potential threat that sex offenders pose to our citizens.
An informed public is a safe public.
Realizing it is impossible to notify every citizen about a sex offender’s presence in their neighborhood, this site was created to empower and educate our citizens to obtain information and take the appropriate precautions.
The Goodyear Police Department works in partnership with Offender Watch to provide our citizens with the ability to search for sex offenders in your area, register to receive email alerts and protect your family with safety tips and information.
Those required to Register must complete this process, in person, at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, located at:
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
102 W. Madison Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
*The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will then notify this agency of the sex offender’s address and the sex offender will be contacted so an assessment can be completed.
- 13-3825 Community notification
- 13-3827 Internet sex offender website; investigation of records; immunity; definition
- 13-3821 Persons required to register; procedure; identification card; definitions
- 13-3822 Notice of moving from place of residence or change of name or electronic information; forwarding of information; definitions
- 13-3823 Access to records
- 13-3824 Violation; classification; assessment
- 13-3727 Unlawful residency; persons convicted of criminal offenses; exceptions;preemption; classification
- 13-0705 Dangerous crimes against children; sentences; definitions
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION PROCESS AND COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
In 1994 the sexual assault and brutal murder of seven year old Megan Kanka by her neighbor, a recently released sex offender, ignited a national campaign to enact laws requiring communities to be informed about convicted sex offenders living in their neighborhoods. This effort resulted in the federal community notification statute labeled "Megan's Law".
On June 1, 1996 Arizona adopted its version of "Megan's Law" by enacting the Sex Offender Community Notification statutes. While records indicate that Arizona had laws regarding sex offender registration as early as 1939, never before has so much emphasis been focused on the sex offender population.
The community notification process in Arizona is triggered by a sex offender's release from jail/prison or sentence to probation. When this occurs, the respective county adult probation agency or Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC) is required to enter information about the offender into a statewide accessible database. One portion of this information involves the sex offender risk assessment.
The risk assessment is a screening tool designed to provide criminal justice practitioners with the ability to predict a sex offender's risk of recidivism. The Arizona risk assessment evaluates nineteen different criteria that have been identified by treatment experts as good predictors of future behavior. Each criterion is evaluated and assigned a point value, which ultimately is totaled for recommending an appropriate community notification level of 1, 2, or 3. Although probation agencies and DOC provide law enforcement agencies with a recommended community notification level, the local law enforcement agency may choose to complete its own risk assessment to ensure accuracy.
Once the appropriate community notification level is established, the local law enforcement agency is required to complete a community notification in accordance with Arizona Revised Statute 13-3826. Law enforcement has complete discretion regarding community notification for Level 1 (Low Risk) offenders, however, state law requires mandatory community notification on all offenders assessed as a Level 2 (Intermediate Risk) or Level 3 (High Risk), risk level information. This includes notification to the "surrounding neighborhood, area schools, appropriate community groups and prospective employers. The notification shall include a flyer with a photograph and exact address of the offender as well as a summary of the offender's status and criminal background. A press release and a level two or three flyer shall be given to the local electronic and print media to enable information to be placed in a local publication."
Finally, a zero tolerance approach regarding harassment and vigilantism reinforces the true meaning of community notification: to empower the public with knowledge that can be used to protect themselves and their families.
SEX OFFENDER LINKS / RESOURCES
For additional information and resources, please visit the following related websites:
Arizona Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children NCMEC
FBI CARD Team
SMART Officer of Justice Programs
National Sex Offender Public Registry NSOPW