MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT
An ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to the crime of criminal trespass in the second degree.
On behalf of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, I write to support Assembly bill A 2257-B and Senate bill S 1606-B and urge its passage in both houses of the Legislature.
Additional precautions must be taken to ensure the safety of vulnerable populations. This bill addresses the need to prevent level two and level three sex offenders from becoming a threat to the victims of their crimes. While an order of protection may be available by petition, this bill is necessary to serve as an additional and long-term means of protecting victims from exposure to further harm.
Since this bill would create the category of criminal trespass by a level two or level three sex offender if he or she enters a school where the victim of an offense attends or formerly attended, thereby increasing the level of protection for the victim and potential victims, we strongly urge that it be enacted into law.
New York State Association of Chiefs of Police