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Keeping felony offenders in check

Article Published 07/05/2009

July 5, 2009

LAYTON — Under the initiative of Police Chief Terry Keefe, Layton Police Department has actively conducted checks on registered sex offenders living within the City since 2007. These verification checks have been conducted by detectives, who in turn report their findings to the Department of Corrections and file applicable criminal charges for non-compliance.

Prior to funding obtained by the Department of Corrections, only a small group of police agencies were performing this critical task. These verification checks ensure mandatory information listed on the Utah State Sex Offender Registry site is current and accurate. These checks also provide investigators a face-to-face contact with a previously convicted offender now residing in the City, which enhances overall public safety.

In 2009, The Utah Department of Corrections was awarded a Department of Justice grant to enforce sex offender compliance under Utah registration requirements of the Sex and Kidnap Offender Registry law. In conjunction with this grant, participating law enforcement agencies throughout Utah formed Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) teams in order to perform individual and address verifications and locate non-compliant offenders.

Through the direction of Chief Keefe, Layton Police investigators have been certified by the state to participate in this program. Each month, the Investigations Division receives a list of non-supervised offenders from the Department of Corrections. Investigators work overtime hours to perform residency checks of sex and kidnap offenders within Layton City. These overtime hours are then reimbursed from grant monies.