A Message From Police Chief Mike Styner
To the Citizens of Ocean Shores
This page is established by the Ocean Shores Police Department to provide information to the public on Level II and Level III Registered Sex/Kidnapping Offenders living within the City of Ocean Shores.
The Ocean Shores Police Department has no legal authority to direct where an offender may or may not live. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, offenders are free to live wherever he or she chooses.
Sex offenders have always lived in our communities. It wasn’t until the passage of the Community Protection Act of 1990 (which mandated sex offender registration) that law enforcement even knew where they were living. In many cases, law enforcement is now able to share that information with the public.
The Washington State Legislature has determined that the extent of the public disclosure of relevant and necessary information shall be related to: (a) the level of risk posed by the offender to the community; (b) the location where the offender resides, intends to reside, or is regularly found; and (c) the needs of the affected community members for information to enhance their individual and collective safety.
Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered offenders will not be tolerated. Further, such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notifications.
Level I Offenders are considered Low Risk to Re-offend within the community at large. Information on Level I Offenders is shared with other law enforcement agencies and, upon request, Ocean Shores Police Department may disclose relevant, necessary and accurate information to any victim or witness to the offense and to any individual community member who lives near the residence where the offender resides, expects to reside, or is regularly found. Level I offenders MAY NOT be the subject of general public notification.
Level II Offenders are considered Moderate Risk to Re-offend within the community at large. Relevant, necessary and accurate information concerning risk Level II offenders may be disclosed to public and private schools, child day care centers, family day care providers, businesses and organizations that serve primarily children, women or vulnerable adults, and neighbors and community groups near the residence where the offender resides, expects to reside, or is regularly found. Level II offenders MAY NOT be the subject of general public notification.
Level III Offenders are considered High Risk to Re-offend within the community at large. Relevant, accurate and necessary information concerning offenders classified as risk Level III may be disclosed to the public at large.