Saturday, June 17, 2017

Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry Quietly Adds New Search Criteria in 2017 After July 2016 FOIA Inquiry

Almost 3 weeks ago my husbands new VSP Trooper stopped by for one of the two (per VA law) unannounced VSP Residency checks. His original VSP Trooper was promoted and we were assigned another Trooper instead of a VSP Compliance Officer. I personally believe he’s assigned Troopers instead of CO’s because of my public advocacy, but maybe not.

Anyway, I could tell the Trooper was holding back on asking me or rather telling me something so I invited him inside our house instead of the typical 2-minute simple chit-chat on the front porch. 

During the 10 maybe 15 minute conversation about my advocacy, legislative proposals and yearly battles/barriers with VSP Legislative Liaisons/Representatives at the VA GA sessions the Trooper made some key comments that I’ve decided he was instructed to say to me. He also seemed to have established a belief that nothing I’ve asked for over the years is reasonable or will ever be accomplished.  

This post is about one of the points I discussed with the Trooper.

Action Item! An Unexpected $1.9 Million for Clean up of Virginia State Police Malware Attack Should be Wake Call to Modernize VSP SO Registry and Registration Processes

This article is from Thursday and I hadn’t planned on posting it since I had twice tweeted it.


FYI, since publishing the article title has been changed to Tough choices for DMV - raise fees, shift money, or make cuts? 

So in summary because of the malware attack on the Virginia State Police website back in April, an unexpected $1.9 Million has been spent AND the VSP “network will have to be completely rebuilt”. 

I’ve made proposals over the last few years to both VSP Leadership and Virginia Legislators to not only modernize the VSP registration process for Virginia’s 22,000+ Registered Sex Offenders but how to cut half-a-million-dollars per year from the annual $8.2 Million cost of VSP Registry operation, registration, monitoring and management. 

Here are the proposals I’ve made to improve/streamline the VSP Registry:
Ø       Legislative Goal #2 - VA Code v. Hours of Operation for RSO’s to Comply are at Odds
Ø       Legislative Goal #3 - Implement a 4 Tier/Level Risk-Based Classification System
Ø       Legislative Goal #8 - Eliminate the USPS Certified letters for VSP Re-Registration and Implement a Repeating/Rotating Schedule
Ø       Legislative Goal #9 - Modernize the Virginia State Police Registration Process and Track/Share the Data that the VSP gathers every year 

Please contact your one Virginia Delegate and you one Senator THIS week and ask them to sponsor one or more of these proposals as legislation (a Bill) for the 2018 Virginia General Assembly session.

Thank you. 

Mary Davye Devoy