SHERIFF THOMAS S. ROMERO
BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION
Bureau of Investigations Division The following divisions make up the Bureau of Investigations Division that employs 60 people. The following divisions make up the Bureau of Investigations Division that employs 60 people.
> DETECTIVES — ADULT AND PROPERTY CRIMES
> JUVENILE — ANY CRIME INVOLVING A JUVENILE
> CYBER UNIT / SEX CRIMES
> TACTICAL SURVEILLANCE UNIT
> ELDERLY ABUSE/FARM AGRICULTURAL INVESTIGATOR
> CRIME SCENE
> EVIDENCE CUSTODIAN
The Bureau of Investigations Division is the largest within the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office. The Detective Division consists of 9
The Cyber Unit is a
The Cyber Unit works closely with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office Cyber Crime Unit and is an affiliate member of Louisiana’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The unit initiates and participates in ICAC Internet investigations involving all segments of child exploitation from those who would manufacture, distribute and download child pornography to investigations into the seedier corners of the ‘Dark Web’. The unit also responds to Cyber tips generated by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in conjunction with other local, State and Federal agencies.
The Detective Division is the largest within the Bureau of Investigations. The Detective Division consists of 9 detectives, 7 assigned to days, three assigned to nights. The Division is supervised by two Sergeants, two Lieutenants
Detectives are responsible for investigating a wide variety of crimes including identity thefts, property crimes, financial crimes, cyber crimes, sexual assaults, domestic violence, burglaries, armed robberies, home invasions
Sheriff Ackal encourages detectives to take a pro-active approach against crime and participate in special operations throughout the year. Working closely with the juvenile detectives and outside agencies, detectives with the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce help locate and arrest those persons who prey on the innocence of children. Being a detective requires a special set of skills which are necessary to investigate such a wide variety of crimes. Detectives attend training courses throughout the country where they learn skills to better investigate both violent and property crimes.
In 2012, detectives recovered over
SPECIAL INVESTIGATION UNIT (SIU)
The Iberia Parish Sheriffs Office’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) is made up of four full time and one reserve deputy. While this unit’s primary focus is on narcotic enforcement and investigation, Deputies assigned to SIU are highly trained and skilled in numerous aspects of law enforcement.
In addition to narcotics
Beyond their normal duties, members of the Special Investigation Unit are also members of the Iberia Parish Water Patrol and stand ready at a moment’s notice to provide
DIRECTED PATROLS – SURVEILLANCE UNIT
The Directed Patrol Unit was conceived by Sheriff Louis M. Ackal to supplement the uniform patrol division. Its primary function was to work the areas of the city of New Iberia and the parish of Iberia where there was occurring a large number of burglaries, thefts and criminal damage to property. The program has been so successful that it has been incorporated into the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Bureau of Investigations. Not only does it supplement the patrol division, but also narcotics, detectives and sex offender registry where surveillance is required releasing the members of the other sections to
Directed Patrol is made up of four team members and a sergeant. The sergeant is responsible for
The Juvenile Detectives Section is made up of one sergeant and six investigators. The sergeant makes case assignments to all other detectives under his command and also handles
The juvenile detectives are the busiest of all the sections that make up the Bureau of Investigations. They not only handle crimes committed against juveniles but crimes committed by juveniles. The sergeant maintains the case logs and
SEX CRIMES DIVISION
The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office is responsible for maintaining the registration of sex offenders and child predators who reside within the limits of the parish, including offenders that live within the city limits. It is the Sex Crimes Unit that all convicted sex offenders must personally appear to handle all matters of their registration. Upon receipt of registration information, the Sheriff’s Office forwards the information to the State Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry, which is operated by the Louisiana State Police.
Every convicted sex offender signs their State of Louisiana Sex Offender Registration Form. It contains all of their registration information and the laws governing convicted sex offenders. It is ultimately the instrument by which the Sex Crimes Unit uses to ensure the fullest compliance of the law.
Registered convicted sex offenders are required by law to keep current a wide variety of information. This includes but is not limited to periodic renewal of their registration, current address, temporary lodging, employment, every motorized vehicle registered to or operated by the offender, phone numbers, physical characteristics, tattoos, online identifiers and other information. They must report all of this information within 3 business days of a change with the exception of vehicles which must be registered prior to operation. They also must carry at all times their state issued Louisiana identification card and/or driver’s license identifying them as sex offenders.
Detectives from the Sex Crimes Unit are constantly in the field checking on convicted sex offenders to make certain they are in compliance with their sex offender registration, notification requirements and verify registration information of the offenders. Any convicted sex offenders who are in violation of the rules are subject to an investigation to determine the facts of the matter. If an offender has violated the laws governing convicted sex offenders and child predators, they are subject to arrest by the unit. All members of the Sex Crimes Unit work closely with the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office to ensure the successful investigation, submittal and prosecution of cases.
The Sex Crimes Unit keeps close communication with our Patrol Division, Probation & Parole, United States Marshal Service, Louisiana State Police, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and all other agencies necessary for keeping track of these offenders and the investigation of other crimes.
Approximately 262 offenders are active at this time. The status of offenders changes daily due to arrests, prison stays and changing of addresses.
> Of these, 70 are incarcerated.
> Currently there are 84 offenders residing in the city limits of New Iberia.
> The remainder, 108 live in other areas of the parish.
> Ultimately there are approximately 402 convicted sex offenders registered with the Iberia Parish Sheriff Office.
In addition to the current active offenders there are a large number of inactive offenders for different reasons. Some have moved out of state, some are deceased while others have had their registration period expire.
The unit is also charged with investigating all manner of sexually based offenses involving an adult perpetrator where the victim is an adult. These crimes by nature are violent, extraordinarily complex and are investigated to the fullest extent. All resources available are utilized to resolve the case. Our investigators work tirelessly to identify every possible bit of potential evidence to close the case and bring it to a successful prosecution. The mandate of the Sex Crimes Unit is to keep the citizens of Iberia Parish safe. This is accomplished by keeping the public well informed about convicted sex offenders registered in the boundaries of Iberia Parish, by aggressively enforcing the laws governing the same and to show the utmost diligence when investigating the violent sexual crimes they are assigned.
Citizens can assist us in this matter by either contacting the Sheriff’s Office directly or submitting tips online using our website.
CRIME SCENE & EVIDENCE
After taking office in 2008, one of the many changes that Sheriff Louis Ackal made was the addition of the Bureau of Investigations, Crime Scene Division. Including the Sergeant, there are currently three Crime Scene Technicians working in this division. These individuals work very closely with the Patrol and Detectives divisions, along with the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office to investigate all death calls and violent crimes. Crime Scene Technicians are called out to all major crime scenes to reconstruct and document the scene by note-taking, sketches, photography, videography
Technicians are responsible for recognizing and collecting any and all relevant physical evidence to properly package and preserve for future testing. In addition to collecting evidence on scene, Technicians are able to lift latent fingerprints, swab for contact DNA,
Along with the evidence processed for 2014, 30 Blood Alcohol kits were mailed to Louisiana State Police for processing. 130 firearms were submitted into evidence and all 130 firearms were e-traced through the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco
Iberia Parish Jail:
300 Iberia Street
New Iberia, LA 70560