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ACPO comment on F and Thompson - ruling on sex offender notification requirements

16 Feb 2011

ACPO responds to the Home Secretary's announcement on sex offender notification requirements

Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer, representing the ACPO management of sexual offenders and violent offenders working group, said:

"It is recognised that the legislation under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and the multi-agency public protection arrangements provide some of the most effective tools in the world to manage registered sex offenders.

“Protecting the public from harm is a fundamental role for the police service but we recognise that this must be balanced with the rights of individuals, as highlighted by the Supreme Court judgement. We have worked closely with the Home Office and other key partners to develop a robust review process that ensures a full assessment of the risks posed before an offender is removed from the notification requirements.

“The reality is that the risks posed by some offenders can never be completely eliminated, but we will continue to do all in our power to keep them to a minimum and believe that the proposed review process strikes the right balance between individual rights and public safety."

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ACPO Press Office
Association of Chief Police Officers
e: press.office@acpo.pnn.police.uk