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Officers to ensure sex offenders do not partake in Halloween-related activities

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Posted at 12:11 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 12:15:01-04

Probation officers with the Florida Department of Corrections will be working alongside law enforcement agencies to ensure sex offenders under felony supervision don't partake in Halloween-related activities.

Throughout Halloween, these officers will make personal contact with sex offenders under their jurisdiction to make sure they remain in compliance. This includes frequent surprise visits, covert residence monitoring and increased surveillance at motels and temporary housing areas.

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“Safety for Florida communities remains our top priority, even during the holiday season," Secretary Julie Jones said. "Sex offenders are reminded of specific Halloween-related instructions each year while they are on probation.  Our officers partner with state and local law enforcement to conduct planned compliance initiatives. This enables families to better enjoy their time spent  together in the community.”

Sex offenders are expected to strictly abide by these restrictions on Halloween:

· Do not give out candy or other treats.

· Turn off porch lights, close blinds.

· No outside decorations to attract children.

· Do not answer the door to trick-or-treaters.

· Do not dress in costumes or masks.

· Do not attend Halloween parties where children will be present.

The state says that offenders found to be in noon-compliance with these terms will be subject to immediate arrest.