‘Operation Halloween’ Helping to Protect Your Kids From Sex Offenders This Halloween
I got a notice in the mail a couple of weeks ago letting me know that a registered sex offender has moved into a place a couple blocks from where I live. I didn’t think much about it until today when I realized that a lot of little kids will be roaming the streets of my neighborhood and got to wondering how New York State will protect those little people tonight.
The answer is something called “Operation Halloween.” Operation Halloween was put into effect by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and they’re taking the safety of kids very seriously. Sex offenders under the supervision of DCCS will be closely monitored tonight to help make sure that our kids and their parents can enjoy safe Halloween activities in our neighborhoods.
Under Operation Halloween, sex offenders parolees are to remain in the home beginning in the early afternoon today, or immediately following the end of their work day or completion of an approved community program until 6am tomorrow morning. Parolees are not allowed to participate in any Halloween activity; not allowed to wear any costume, mask or other disguise; and cannot open the door to trick-or-treaters. Also parolees are required to answer their phones as Parole Officers will be making calls throughout the night, as well as conducting unannounced curfew visits.
The state Division of Criminal Justice Services has also created a Facebook page to help parents access info about medium- and high-risk sex offenders living in our communities. The Sex Offender Locator Application is accessible via the New York State Public Safety Facebook page.