The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Leroy D. Baca, was awarded a grant from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) to form and fund a Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Team.
The team will be used to investigate and monitor the approximately 15,000 registered sex offenders residing in Los Angeles County. The SAFE Team will also work with other Police Agencies to locate and apprehend the nearly 5,000 sex offenders currently out of compliance within the county.The Los Angeles County Regional SAFE Team will be under the command of the Captain of the Special Victims Bureau and will consist of: a Sheriff’s lieutenant, a Sheriff’s sergeant, four Sheriff’s detectives, and one professional staff member.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the Los Angeles County Probation Department, and the California State Parole Department have all joined this team by providing a District Attorney, a Probation officer, and a Parole agent.
The L.A. County Regional SAFE Team will work with our local Sheriff’s Station detectives, who are currently monitoring the sex offenders within their station’s geographic areas. The Team will strive to enhance public safety by establishing large-scale compliance sweeps to apprehend the non-compliant offenders and surveillance operations to ensure that the most violent of the offenders are not actively involved in repeat offenses. The team will also organize public meetings to educate the public on Megan’s Law and expose them to other resources to protect them from sexual assault.
The SAFE Team will also provide training to educate the public on Megan’s law and how to protect themselves from sexual assault.Member’s of the SAFE Team will be available for interviews with members of the media on Thursday, March 1, 2007 at the STARS Center between 0800 and 1400 hours. The Special Victims Bureau can be reached at (562) 946-8531.