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Sex Offender Notification
The SFCC Security Department, maintains records of sex offenders who have been brought to the attention of the Security
Department by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Additionally, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office maintains
an online registry of Level 2 and 3 sex offenders who
are registered to live in Spokane County. You can search for offenders by Zip Code or by an offender's name.
Using this public information to threaten, intimidate or harass sex/kidnap offenders will not be tolerated. This abuse could
potentially terminate our ability to release this important information to the public.
Sex offenders (includes kidnappers), Levels I, II, & III, are required
by law to register with the county sheriff in the county where they reside. The law requires that they also inform the county
sheriff if they register for school. The county sheriff, in turn, is required to notify the school that the sex offender has
registered to attend the school. These notifications are intended to inform rather than create panic.
Notifications of sex offenders enrolling in Community
Colleges of Spokane are received from the Spokane County
Sheriff’s Department and are sent to the campus vice presidents for student services, where they are placed in binders
and are available for viewing. Notifications are also published in the campus newspapers.
The campus Vice Presidents make decisions based on the offender’s profile regarding restrictions, if any, which may be
imposed on this student.
The SFCC Security Department considers the protection of our community from sex offenders to be of significant importance.
The objective of the 1990 Community Protection Act was to provide adequate notice to the community concerning sex offenders
who are, or will be attending, working or residing on the campus, and to assist our community members in developing
constructive plans to prepare themselves and their children for residing near released sex offenders.
Information that is relevant and necessary to protect the public and to counteract the danger created by a particular offender
is released pursuant to RCW 4.24.550.
The extent and content of the disclosure of relevant and necessary information shall be related to:
- The risk posed by the offender to the community
- The location where the offender resides, intends to reside, is regularly found, or is employed
- The needs of affected community members for information that is necessary to protect their interests and safety
The manner and mode of dissemination is restricted by the standards set forth by the legislature and interpreted by the
Washington State Supreme Court in State v. Ward, 123 Wn. 2d 488, (1994) and its progeny.
Purpose of Notification
An informed public is a safer public. Notification is not intended to increase fear. Unless restricted by a court order,
sex/kidnap offenders are constitutionally permitted to live wherever they choose. The legislature has determined that the
purpose of the Community Protection Act of 1990 is "to assist law enforcement agency's efforts to protect their communities"
by providing relevant and necessary information.
The Department of Corrections, the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, and the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board are
required to classify all sex offenders released from their facilities into levels of risk (low, moderate, or high). These
agencies then issue to appropriate law enforcement agencies narrative notices regarding the pending release of sex offenders.
The narrative notices describe the identity and criminal history behavior of the offender and shall include a risk level
classification for the offender. Upon receiving a narrative notice, local law enforcement agencies review all available
information and assign risk-level classifications to all sex offenders about whom information will be disseminated for the
purpose of community notification.
What Are the Different Sex Offender Levels and What Do They Mean?
The vast majority of registered sex offenders are classified as Level 1 offenders. They are considered at low risk to
re-offend. These individuals may be first time offenders and they are usually known by their victims. They normally have not
exhibited predatory type characteristics and most have successfully participated or are participating in approved treatment
programs. Level I offenders MAY NOT be the subject of general public notification.
Washington State Law strictly limits public disclosure of all Level I Registered Sex Offender information.
Information shall be shared with other law enforcement agencies and, upon request, relevant, necessary and accurate
information may be disclosed to any victim or witness to the offense and to any individual community member who lives near
the residence where the offender resides, expects to reside, or is regularly found. Level I offenders MAY NOT be the subject
of general public notification.
In order to receive specific information about these offenders, you must meet certain criteria. SFCC Security Department will
disclose Level I Sex Offender information upon request, to any community member who resides near an offender.
Level 2 offenders have a moderate risk of re-offending. They generally have more than one victim and the abuse may be long
term. These offenders usually groom their victims and may use threats to commit their crimes; they have a higher likelihood
of re-offending than the Level 1 offenders. They are considered a higher risk to re-offend, because of the nature of their
previous crime(s) and lifestyle (drug and alcohol abuse and other criminal activity). Some have refused to participate or
failed to complete approved treatment programs. Typically these individuals do not appreciate the damage they have done to
Washington State Law Prohibits the Public Disclosure of Level II Registered Sex Offenders except under specific
criteria. Level II notifications including relevant, necessary and accurate information may be disclosed to public and
private schools, child day care centers, family day care providers, businesses and organizations that serve primarily children,
women or vulnerable adults, and neighbors and community groups near the residence where the offender resides, expects to
reside, or is regularly found. Level II offenders MAY NOT be the subject of general public notification.
Level 3 offenders are the greatest risk to the community. Most are predatory, have other violent crime convictions, refused
treatment and are known substance abusers. Community notification is the most extensive.
Washington State Law permits notifications about Level III offenders that include relevant, accurate and necessary information.
This information MAY BE disclosed to the public at large.