October 30, 2014
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~All sex offenders will receive visits by law enforcement to ensure they aren’t participating in Halloween activities.~
Tallahassee, Fla. – Protecting the safety of Florida’s families is the primary mission of the Department of Corrections. On October 31, during designated "trick-or-treat" hours, the Florida Department of Corrections will work in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies statewide to keep the streets safe for Florida children; by ensuring sex offenders under felony supervision do not take part in any Halloween activities involving minors.
Community Corrections officers will be making personal contact and conducting surveillance during designated trick-or-treat hours in local communities. Safety efforts will also include surprise visits by probation officers, multiple residence drive-bys, and increased surveillance at motels and treatment facilities that sex offenders use.
"The Florida Department of Corrections will be working diligently to make sure Florida families are safe," said Secretary Michael Crews. "We are collaborating with local law enforcement to ensure public safety and help protect our children in our communities at Halloween."
In addition to the increased security, sex offenders under supervision have also been given strict instructions regarding their restrictions for the Halloween holiday:
Offenders who do not remain in compliance with the terms of their supervision will be subject to immediate arrest.
Florida citizens can search for sex offenders located in or near their neighborhoods by visiting the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s "Offender Search" web page: http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/searchNeighborhood.do?actionPerformed=neighborhoodSearchMain
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.