The Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) will again work with local law enforcement agencies across the state to closely monitor sex offenders on probation or parole and keep children safe during Halloween trick-or-treat activities.
Operations are planned throughout the state where DOC probation and parole agents will team up with law enforcement officers to keep children safe during trick-or-treating by conducting random home visits on high-risk sex offenders. Any offenders in violation of their "Halloween Restrictions" will be placed into custody.
"Halloween is a perfect opportunity to discuss safety with children that can be practiced throughout the whole year," said Grace Roberts, the DOC's director of sex offender programs. "For trick-or-treating, children should never go alone and always be accompanied by a parent or trusted adult. Children should be taught to never enter homes of other people without their parent's permission. Lastly ... parents should know the neighborhood before going out."
Parents can get to know the neighborhood by accessing the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry website at offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/ and conducting a zip code search. If possible violations are seen, call (877) 234-0085. As always, the DOC recommends that the public contact local law enforcement if the situation is an emergency.