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Notification

Community notification can take place only in two circumstances:
  • In cases where the convicted sex offender is determined by a court to be a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP); and
  • When an out-of-state offender is subject to active notification in their state of origin, regardless of whether or not the offender is classified as a SVP.
 
The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will provide community notification flyers to the police departments with primary jurisdiction over the municipalities where the SVP or out-of-state offender resides. Included with the community notification flyers are instructions for the police departments on how to perform community notification. 
 

Community Notification Flyer Information

  • The name of the SVP or out-of-state offender; 
  • The address or addresses at which the SVP or offender resides; 
  • The offense for which the SVP or offender was convicted; 
  • A statement that the SVP or offender has been determined by court order to be a SVP, or a statement that the out-of-state offender is subject to active notification by his/her state of origin; and
  • A photograph of the SVP or out-of-state offender, if available.
Note: The community notification flyers will not include any information that might reveal the victim's name, identity, and residence.
 
The chief law enforcement officer of the police department of the municipality where a SVP or out-of-state offender resides is responsible for community notification.
 

Persons Who Require Notification

  • Neighbors of the SVP or out-of-state offender;
  • The director of the county children and youth service agency of the county where the SVP or out-of-state offender resides;
  • The superintendent of each school district and the equivalent official for private and parochial schools enrolling students through grade 12 in the municipality where the SVP or out-of-state offender resides;
  • The superintendent of each school district and the equivalent official for each private and parochial school located within a one-mile radius of where the SVP or out-of-state offender resides;
  • The licensee of each certified day care center and licensed preschool program, and owner/operator of each registered family day-care home in the municipality where the SVP or out-of-state offender resides; and
  • The president of each college, university, and community college located within 1,000 feet of a SVP or out-of-state offender residence.
 

Victim Notification

Victims of Sexually Violent Predators
  • Where an individual is determined to be a SVP by a court, the police department of the municipality where the SVP resides must give written notice to the victim of the SVP within 72 hours after the SVP registers or notifies the PSP of a change of address.
  • The notice must contain the SVP’s name and the address or addresses where he/she resides.
  • The victim may terminate the notification by providing the police department of the municipality where the SVP resides with a written statement, releasing that department from the duty to notify. The victim can reinstate the duty to notify if they desire. The request to reinstate notification shall be made in writing to the PSP, Megan's Law Section.
Victims of Sex Offenders
  • Where an individual is not determined to be a SVP by a court, the victim will be notified in accordance with Section 201 of Act 111 of 1998 (P.L. 882, No. 111), known as the Crime Victim's Act.