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  •  Can my child attend an SVP community notification meeting?

    SVP community notification meetings are not appropriate for children due to the mature content. It is strongly encouraged that the appropriate SVP information and public safety information be reviewed with children after the meeting. Children under the age of 15 unaccompanied by an adult will not be permitted to attend a meeting.

     If an SVP lives in my community, what should I do differently to protect my family and myself?

    Attend any SVP community notification meeting to gain access to the latest information involving SVP's and their specific background. If you would like more information on how to protect you family, contact Western Slope Center for Children at (970) 245-3788.

     If SVP's are so dangerous, why are they allowed out in the community?

    In all cases, the court or parole board must make the determination regarding the placement of an SVP. In determining an SVP's risk to the community, the Court or Parole Board considers the professional recommendation of the probation officer or Department of Corrections case manager, mental health evaluators or treatment providers.

     Is it just a matter of time before the SVP commits another crime?

    Many SVP's can be closely monitored for risk behavior while under supervision and treatment. Some can learn through treatment to manage their sexual offending behaviors and decrease their risk of re-offending. However, such behavioral management should not be considered a "cure", and treatment cannot permanently eliminate the risk the sex offenders may repeat their offense.

     What can I expect to learn from a SVP community notification meeting?

    There is an abundance of information concerning sex offenders and SVP that is disseminated at a community notification meeting. A meeting can last between 2 to 3 hours and covers an overview of sex offender legislation, educational information, community responsibility, information regarding the SVP, community protection and safety issues, and a time period to take specific questions from the audience.

     What do I tell my children about SVP'S?

    Do not evoke panic when speaking to your children about SVP's. If an SVP currently resides in your neighborhood or community, instruct your child to avoid all contact with an SVP, even if the SVP's offense or conviction does not involve an offense against a child. Instruct them to avoid being in the vicinity of the SVP's residence or workplace. All SVP's who are under some form of supervision, are prohibited from contact with children. It is important to teach your child about appropriate and inappropriate contact and to encourage regular discussion about their interactions with others.

     What does SVP mean?

    SVP stands for Sexually Violent Predator. SVP is a designation given to convicted offenders, in the state of Colorado, who meet the following criteria:

    • Is convicted as an adult on or after July 1, 1999 of Committing, Attempting, Soliciting, or conspiracy to commit:
      • Sexual Assault (1st, 2nd, or 3rd Degree)
      • Unlawful Sexual Contact
      • Sexual Assault on a Child or Sexual Assault on a Child by one in a position of trust
    • Whose victim was a stranger or with whom the offender established or promoted a relationship primarily for the purpose of sexual victimization, and:
    • Who, based upon the results of a risk assessment screening instrument developed by the division of criminal justice in consultation with and approved by the sex offender management board established pursuant to CRS 16-11.7-103(1), is likely to subsequently commit one or more of the offenses specified in above.
    • Expands the definition of SVP to include the equivalent description in any other state or jurisdiction.

     What if a SVP is not on parole, probation, or under supervision?

    SVP's sentenced in Colorado since 2000 may be sentenced to lifetime supervision, however, SVP's who were convicted in another state or in Colorado prior to 2000, can be living in our community unsupervised.

    If an SVP has completed all components of his/her sentence there are no permanent restrictions placed on them, other than registration as a Sex Offender.

    Community Notification meetings are intended to educate the community on the residence and conviction information on any SVP. With this understanding ALL SVP's are to some degree "supervised" in and by our community. You can assist in this process by reporting any suspicious behavior witnessed of any SVP or Sex Offender.

     What is a scientific risk assessment screening instrument?

    For information about the risk assessments used to determine if a Sex Offender meets the criteria for Sexually Violent Predator, refer to the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board's Standards and Guidelines for the assessment, evaluation, treatment, and behavioral monitoring of adult sex offenders.

     What is a Sex offender defined as?

    A Sex Offender is any person who was convicted on or after July 1, 1991, in the state of Colorado, of an unlawful sexual offense or enticement of a child or any person convicted after July 1, 1994 of unlawful sexual behavior.

     What is the difference between a Sex offender and a SVP?

    SVP's are identified by their crime of conviction and by their performance on a scientific risk assessment screening instrument.

     Why are SVP's more dangerous than other Sex Offenders?

    It is important to remember that though SVP's pose a risk, they are not the only sex offenders in the community. Other offenders who may be dangerous, but who are not subject to community notification by law, include all un-convicted sex offenders, all sex offenders whose offenses were committed prior to July 1, 1997 and many who have not been identified as known sex offenders.

     Why aren't communities notified when other types of sex offenders are released?

    Communities in Colorado are notified when all convicted Sex Offenders move into their jurisdiction, either through a sex offender registry or the SVP community notification process. A map of sex offenders and SVP's residing in Mesa County can be accessed from Mesa County's website. A list of SVP's living in the state of Colorado can be found on the State's website.

     Why is a SVP community notification necessary?

    In 1999, the general assembly found that persons who are convicted of offenses involving unlawful sexual behavior and who are identified as sexually violent predators, pose a high enough level of risk to the community that persons in the community should provide notification concerning the identity of these sexually violent predators. Reference C.R.S. 16-13-901.

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