Registration procedures currently vary greatly at local law enforcement agencies in the state of California. While some agencies, such as the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), are remotely registering individuals by telephone, there are other agencies that continue to require individuals to register in person.
“It is difficult to understand why local law enforcement agencies continue to require individuals to register in person during a pandemic after issuance of both the Governor’s Executive Order and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Bulletin,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.
Based upon information provided by registrants, ACSOL has sent letters demanding that five local law enforcement agencies stop in-person registrations and replace them with remote registrations consistent with both the Governor’s order and the DOJ bulletin. The agencies include the Oakland Police Department, the San Francisco Police Department, the Riverside County Sheriff, the San Bernardino County Sheriff and the Lake County Sheriff.
Registration problems in the City of Oakland and the City of San Francisco have resulted in hundreds of people being listed as “in violation” for failure to register on the Megan’s Law website. Many of the people listed as “in violation” were not allowed to register either remotely or in person.
The most recent registration problems involve the City of Long Beach that closed its registration office due to protests in that city. At least two registrants have reported that their scheduled appointments to register were delayed for a week or longer. The delays could result in their being listed as “in violation” for failure to register.
ACSOL requests that anyone who has recently experienced or is now experiencing a registration problem, report that problem to firstname.lastname@example.org