Clark County safety programs running smoothly despite loss of Sheriff



Posted on August 5, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 5 at 7:22 PM

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- No sheriff in the office, no problem. Clark County sheriff's deputies have kept their operations moving despite the recent scandal.

“The reason we do this type of detail every now and then is to show that we stay on top of things and to show the community that the sheriff’s office does care about the location of sex offenders and to show that safety is a top priority,” Lt. Tim Franklin said.

Those with the sheriff's department aren't talking about the recent indictment of their sheriff, but they are talking about their regional round up.

In the midst of controversy, the department said they are staying true to their mission.

“By the end of next week, we should know where every offender is in Clark County,” Franklin said.

Deputies, police, probation and parole and U.S. Marshals are tracking down sex offenders throughout Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties to make sure they are living where they are supposed to be.

“Clark County has a high percentage of compliance," Franklin said. "We are in the upper 90's and we are tops in the state."

Authorities took us along as they searched for offenders in Clark County.

There are close to 190 sex offenders in the county, 24 were not in compliance with the registry and officials are still trying to make contract with about 50 others.

“It’s extremely hard," Franklin said. "You have a group that’s compliant and then there’s a group that feel they shouldn't be on the registry and move freely without reporting."

There are roughly 9,000 sex offenders in the state of Indiana.

This round-up was scheduled months ago.

Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia have some of the lowest numbers of sex offenders in the region. Tennessee, Illinois, Virginia and Michigan have double the number of registered offenders.

To see the sex offender registry click here.