Operation Blackout to protect children

Operation Blackout to protect children
The Department of Correction is expanding efforts to increase the safety of Tennessee children on Halloween night with the launch of “Operation Blackout.”
Probation and parole officers will be joined by local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Marshals to ensure sex offenders who are under TDOC supervision adhere to strict guidelines.
“Operation Blackout” will result in an increased presence of law enforcement in communities and random visits to the homes of sex offenders — who must adhere to the following guidelines Wednesday:
• Will remain in their homes between the hours of 5 p.m. and 5 a.m.
• Will not have porch lights on as is the custom to participate in trick-or-treating.
• Will not open their doors for trick-or-treaters.
• Will only open their doors for law enforcement or probation and parole officers.
• Will not be allowed to display fall decorations.
• Will not be allowed to wear costumes or dress in disguise.
Offenders who are found to be in non-compliance with imposed restrictions could face additional charges for probation or parole violations that may result in jail or prison time.
“The TDOC is committed to enhancing public safety,” Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield said. “This Halloween, we’re asking citizens to partner with our 6,300 employees by remaining vigilant and reinforcing general safety practices that can help keep trick-or-treaters safe.”
Locally, officers from the Union City police and Obion County sheriff’s departments and various community law enforcement agencies around the county will be out in force Wednesday night to help deter any criminal activity. Published in The Messenger  10.29.12

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