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I. What Community Members Need to Know
II. Conducting a Community Notification
III. Managing Sex Offenders
IV. The Role of the Community
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Section 2: Lecture Content and Teaching Notes
Conducting a Community Notification

30 minutes

Please note that this section of the meeting is intended to be used only by those jurisdictions that are using the meeting as an occasion to notify the community about the presence of a specific offender or offenders

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Depending on the communities' comfort level with the subject (i.e., if this is not the first such meeting held), you may want to ask the audience to hold all questions until the end of the meeting and/or ask them to write their questions on a (provided) card. In some instances, allowing questions during the course of the meeting may result in disruption of the planned agenda. It is likely that a thorough and well planned agenda will address most of the audience's questions in due time and at an appropriate point in the educational process. Once the groundwork for the meeting is laid, proceed to the agenda

(5 minutes)


  • To fulfill the local legal requirements for notifying communities about the presence of offenders convicted of certain sexual offenses.

  • To respond to community members' questions about their rights and responsibilities with respect to this notification.
The moderator should begin the meeting by introducing her/himself and describe her/his qualifications, as well as introduce other presenters and their affiliations.