Sex Offender Verification Program
This program continues today. Currently, it is under the purview of Lt. Jay Rosen with the Juvenile Detective Division. He continues to assign new sex offenders to officers, ensure that the program is being carried out, and coordinating with the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office, Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department, and Indiana Department of Corrections to maintain accurate records of the current sex offender population in our community.
In a recent success story of this program, a local sex offender, assigned to Patrol Officer Grant Leroux, was found to be in violation of the registration requirements according to state law. Officer Leroux attempted to make his monthly contact with the sex offender and, after some effort and investigation, discovered that the offender was not in compliance. Officer Leroux did not stop at that discovery. He filed a report and submitted it to the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office. The Prosecutor filed charges against this offender and issued an arrest warrant. On August 4th, 2015, the suspect pleaded guilty to the charge of Failing to Register as a Sex Offender. The offender was sentenced to 2 ½ years in the Department of Corrections and Tippecanoe County Community Corrections.
This program is just one example of the initiatives taken by officers of the Lafayette Police Department to better serve the community. Unfortunately, these types of efforts do not make the front page or the nightly news. However, the fact that these police interactions aren’t well-publicized does not hinder our efforts in trying to make this community the safest possible. The police officers of the Lafayette Police Department realize that these small instances of successful investigations can prevent future criminal behavior. And, most importantly, the protection of this community’s children is the highest priority of each and every officer of this department.