Local law enforcement agencies — as defined under the New York State Sex Offender Registration Act — in the communities where offenders live or go to school can release information to 'entities with vulnerable populations,' which could include a school, nursing home or day care center, for example. Because the risk level reflects factors unique to a particular sex offender, offenders convicted of the same offense may receive different risk levels. Additional information including conviction charge, sentence, supervision conditions if the offender is on parole or probation and vehicle information also is posted. The court may assign one of the following three risk levels: Edelgard Wulfert, professor of psychology at the University at Albany, also offers insight into how child molesters operate, how they manipulate children and families — and why, all too frequently, parents refuse to believe their own child. By law, only information about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders is available via this public directory. Police Departments have a register of all sex offenders living in their jurisdictions. DCJS is barred by law from posting information on Level 1 low level sex offenders, or those with a pending risk level, on this public site. Call with the name and at least one other identifier an exact address, date of birth, driver's license number, or a social security number to learn if that individual is a registered sex offender in New York. Level 1 and Level 2 offenders are required to submit updated photos every three years, while Level 3 offenders must submit updated photos annually. In order to determine the level of community notification and duration of registration, a hearing is held by the sentencing court. To search by name, enter the offender's last name. After examining the facts in a particular case, including, but not limited to, the use of force, weapons, alcohol or drugs, victim's age, number of victims, assault or injury of the victim and relationship to the victim, the court makes a determination regarding the offender's level of notification, commonly called the risk level.