How does the Foothill - De Anza Police Department meet Megan's Law requirements?
The State of California requires sex offenders to register with the police in the jurisdiction in which they reside. The State makes this information available to law enforcement agencies. The public can view the information at some local police departments. State law also requires sex offenders to register with Foothill-De Anza Police Department if they work at the Community College (including contractors), attend classes, or volunteer.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not prohibit release of
data on registered sex offenders under this law. The Foothill-De Anza Police Department
participates in the California Department of Justice's Megan's Law Data Program. In
accordance with existing federal and state laws and Community College policies, Megan's
Law allows the public to view information about sex offenders that may be residing
in their community, which helps people be aware of potential risks.
Megan's Law information is available online at meganslaw.ca.gov.
The Foothill - De Anza Police Department may notify any of the following persons, agencies, or organizations the offender is likely to come in contact with, including, but not limited to, the following:
Public and private educational institutions
Day care establishments
Locations that mainly serve individuals likely to be victimized by an offender
Other community members that may be at risk
Pursuant to the provisions of section 290(m) of the California Penal Code, the Foothill-De Anza Police Department may provide any of the following information regarding a Sex Offender to any of the persons, agencies, or organizations authorized to receive information:
- The offender's full name;
- The offender's known aliases;
- The offender's gender;
- The offender's race;
- The offender's physical description;
- The offender's photograph;
- The offender's date of birth;
- Crimes resulting in registration under 290 PC;
- The offender's address which must be verified prior to publication;
- Description and license plate number of offender's vehicles or vehicles the offender is known to drive;
- Type of victim targeted by the offender;
- Relevant parole and probation conditions, such as one prohibiting contact with children;
- Dates of crimes resulting in classification under this section;
- Date of release from confinement;
Note: Information disclosed pursuant this procedure shall not include information that would tend to identify the victim.
The Foothill - De Anza Police Department will disseminate information for serious and high-risk offenders living within our concurrent jurisdictional area.
We also communicate with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies through our involvement in groups such as the Santa Clara County Sexual Assault Investigators Association, the California Sexual Assault Investigators Association, and the Sexual Habitual Offender Program.
Public Access to the Megan's Law Database
Section 290.4 of the California Penal Code mandates that the Department of Justice maintain an on-line, publicly accessible database of convicted sexual offenders. The Foothill - De Anza Police Department does not provide public access to the Megan's Law database. Any member of the public who may desire access to the Megan's Law database should visit meganslaw.ca.gov.