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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Press Release
November 1, 2010
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Halloween Sweeps Ensure Public Safety

A strike team of law enforcement officers from the Florida Department of Corrections, the Jacksonville Sheriff Office, Clay County Sheriff's Office and the Nassau County Sheriff's Office made surprise visits to 413 sex offenders and community control offenders on Halloween evening. Some 279 searches were conducted, resulting in the arrest of 1 felon who had an outstanding warrant on violation of supervision. Fifty Four (54) state correctional probation officers and supervisors from the 4th Circuit consisting of Clay, Duval and Nassau counties joined forces with these local county law enforcement agencies to ensure supervised offenders were complying with the terms of their probation.

The timing of this sweep targeted sex offenders currently on supervision who are restricted from having unsupervised contact with minors and who had previously been instructed by their officers to comply with the following restrictions on Halloween:

  • Do not give out candy or other treats.
  • Turn off porch lights, close blinds.
  • Do not put up outside decorations to attract children.
  • Do not answer the door to trick or treaters.
  • Do not dress in costume or masks.
  • Do not attend Halloween parties where children will be present.

"The Department's first priority is always public safety, and during Halloween we heighten our focus ensuring sexual offenders and predators under supervision stay away from children and in compliance with the terms of their supervision," said Walter McNeil, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary.

The Florida Department of Corrections employs approximately 1930 probation officers to supervise more than 115,300 active probationers on community supervision throughout the state. Probation officers' duties include making contact with offenders in their homes, at work and at the probation office; monitoring payment of victim restitution and court costs; ensuring that probationers attend court-ordered treatment programs for drug, alcohol and mental health issues; conducting pre-sentence and other investigations for the Court; and answering the Court's questions regarding supervision programs, statutory provisions, out-of-state transfers, and probation violations.

For more information, contact the Department of Corrections' Office of Public Affairs at (850) 488-0420.