Department of Corrections to monitor sex offenders on Halloween

 "Since so many children are out in the neighborhood and in the streets, and going to people's homes that they don't know, we want to make sure that the sex offenders are behaving appropriately and not interacting with those children," says Monroe.

 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- As you scramble to find a Halloween outfit for your children, local authorities are working on ways to keep them safe.

Halloween might be days away, but the Tennessee Department of Corrections is already going door to door, checking up on paroled sex offenders.

It's called Operation Blackout.

"We visit their homes and check to make sure they're abiding by their curfews. That they don't have any Halloween decorations, that they're not handing out any candy and that their following their guidelines."

Erin Monroe, Probation Parole Manager here in Knoxville says the checks will go through Halloween, and a few days after.

Known predators have to stay inside their homes between 6 at night and 6 in the morning.

Their porch lights have to be off.

They're not allowed to open their doors for trick-or-treaters or put up Halloween decorations of any kind.

These offenders can be anywhere.

So how can you find out who's living near you? The map provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations shows you where the predators are, who they are and what they've done.

"Since so many children are out in the neighborhood and in the streets, and going to people's homes that they don't know, we want to make sure that the sex offenders are behaving appropriately and not interacting with those children," says Monroe.

"Our kids don't need to be around these guys," says Brandon Kidd, a father, "The more these law enforcement officials can do, the better off we're going to be."


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