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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Per the 2017 Virginia State Police Report: Monitoring of Sex Offenders Required to Comply with the Registry, Virginia’s Registry Had the Lowest Growth in 2016 than Any Other Year!



The 2017 Virginia State Police Report Monitoring of Sex Offenders Required to Comply with the Registry is Now Online, http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD6262016/$file/RD626.pdf and I have added it to my VSP Report page.  

The annual VSP Report on the Monitoring of Virginia’s Sex Offenders is due every January 1st and has posted online as early as December in past years, the 2017 Report posted around 11PM on January 4th. 

For recent comparisons since I started this blog I posted about the 2016 Report on December 15, 2015,the 2015 Report  on December 18, 2014 and the 2014 Report on December 13, 2013 

In 2016 an average of 11 new RSO’s were added to the VSP Registry, if the VSP counted the missing 5 weeks for a total of 52 weeks from the 2016 VSP Report to the 2017 Report then instead of a total of 539 new RSO’s (per the VSP) in the last year it would be 594, still the slowest growth year for RSO’s in Virginia. 

The 2017 VSP Report data was NOT taken from December 1st as was done from 2008-2012, nor was it taken from November 24/25 as in 2014 and 2015. The 2017 Report data was pulled on October 15, 2016  like they did back in 2013 making a 12 month comparison from the 2016 Report very difficult because it’s 47 weeks NOT 52 weeks. This makes the growth of the VSP Registry appear to be slowing down much more than it really is to anyone who is just glancing at the last 2 years. 

Per the 2017 VSP Report:
  • In the past 12 months there were 23,101 verifications of home, work and school addresses, an increase from the 2016 Report of 22,746 verifications.
  • In the past 12 months there were 2,848 criminal investigations for failures-to-register (see the jurisdiction chart on page 7 of the report), a big increase from the 2016 Report of 2,341 criminal investigations. Of those 2,848 criminal investigations 475 resulted in convictions, a decrease from the 2016 convictions of 559.
  • The current Trooper/RSO ratio is 1:242; the desired ratio is 1:100.
  • As for VSP staffing an additional 57 Troopers would be needed to get to the desired 1:100 ratio, that’s 4 more being needed from a year ago. The Compliance Officer count is up two more than last year but still shows 4 vacancies.
So in summary the 2017 VSP Report is NOT a full 12 months when it comes to the RSO counts (late-November to mid-October) but everything else in the report is 12 month (mid-October to mid-October), not sure why they keep doing this. 

Per my 9 Year VSP Registry Growth Chart:
  • Virginia adds an average of 911 new RSO’s to the VSP Registry every year.
  • Virginia adds an average of 85 new RSO’s to the VSP Registry every month.
  • Virginia adds an average of 19 new RSO’s to the VSP Registry every week.
  • Virginia’s rate of growth for RSO’s is slowing down every year.
Slowing the growth of the VSP SO Registry is a good thing!
 
Mary Devoy