Columbia County Sheriff's Office
David P. Bartlett, SHERIFF                     John W. Davi, UNDERSHERIFF
SEX OFFENDERS
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The Columbia County Sheriffs Office is responsible for managing the residency reporting
requirements of registered sex offenders residing in areas of the County
which do not have a local
police department
.   It must be understood that the Sheriff's Office may not have been notified of
registered sex offenders in the City of Hudson, as well as in towns and villages that have a police
department.

It is the policy of the Sheriff's Office to comply with the requirements and intent of Article 6-C of the New
York State Correction Law commonly known as the "Sex Offender Registration Act".  

The Sheriff's Office will maintain a sub directory of high risk sex offenders who must report to this Office.
This Subdirectory is managed by Sr/Inv William Foster and can be viewed during normal business
hours.  He can be reached at (518)828-0601 x 1405.

It is recommended that concerned persons and those organizations who may be vulnerable entities
check the information contained in the NYS Criminal Justice Services website at
www.criminaljustice.state.ny.uss or by telephone (900) 288-3838 (there is a fee for the call and the
caller must be 18 years of age).   Anyone can search the website which contains the most up to date
information and photos allowed by law.  A county wide search can be done, or a search which is more
narrowed in area.  When requested, the Sheriff's Office will assist in making community notifications.

Also know that not all sex offenders are listed in the registry.  Certain sex offenders
convicted prior to 1996 cannot be included in the Subdirectory pursuant to an injunction by
the US District Court for the Southern District in May of 1998, (as reported on the NYS DCJS
website).  

Please remember
that a number of sex crimes (especially against children), may go unreported for
various reasons.  Although the Sex Offender Act is a powerful tool for making our communities safer, it
provides information on only a small population of offenders who could be living in the community.  DO
NOT infer a false sense of security from the limited information concerning the sex offenders who are
registered.  As always, personal responsibility, good supervision of our children and a common sense
approach to activities and people are always important ways to be as safe as possible.
Copyright ©2006 Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Hudson, NY 12534