TENNESSEE — The Tennessee Department of Corrections is working to keep kids safe from predators on Halloween.
TDOC launched ‘Operation Blackout’ earlier this month, an annual statewide operation to ensure sex offenders are complying with the conditions of their supervision, including special condition related to the Halloween holiday, according to a release from TDOC.
All registered sex offenders must follow a specific set of rules: no Halloween decorations, no attending Halloween/fall events, no giving out Halloween candy, and porch lights must be turned off on Halloween night.
According to the release, there are just under 4,000 sex offenders living in Tennessee.
TDOC will be performing unannounced home checks all month and will be out in neighborhoods on Halloween to conduct compliance checks.
The department shared helpful tips for parents to keep kids safe during trick-or-treating:
• Go with your child on Halloween night. This is not only a good way to keep your child safe but is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors better.
• If you choose to let your child go out without adult supervision, make sure you know where your child will be trick-or-treating.
• Before you go out on Halloween night, check the TBI Sex Offender Registry to know which houses to avoid.
• If you see any suspicious activity, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
• If you see a TDOC offender at a Halloween event or with holiday décor, please call 1-844-TDC-FIND
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