Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween Safety - Sex Offender Guidelines

Trick or Treating Safety - Sex Offender Guidelines

The release of this information is intended to educate and protect the public and is not to be used to injure, harass, or commit a criminal act against any individual or their family. 

Registered sex offenders who are part of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Active Community Supervision Program are prohibited by law from participating in Halloween activities, including (but not limited to) handing out Halloween candy during Trick or Treat activities.

If you believe a registered sex offender who is under Active Community Supervision according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry is participating in Halloween activities, you can report this to the SAFE tip hotline at 1-877-234-0085 Monday through Friday between 7:45 am and 4:30 pm.

Registered Sex Offenders who have a status of Terminated are not on state supervision and not subject to the above restriction.

You can prepare yourself prior to taking the children out by reviewing your neighborhood on the Family Watchdog website. This site allows you to enter a specific address or zip code and will show any registered sex offenders in the area.

To view details including addresses of the sex offenders in your area/neighborhood, you can click on the dots/icons on the map. This will show additional information and allow you to avoid these homes during Trick or Treat.

The Green Bay Police Department (GBPD) will also be out in the community, going to the homes of Sex Offenders who are on Probation/Parole to ensure they are not participating in Halloween activities.  This is part of the Halloween "Knock & Talk" program that started in 2006. 

The Knock & Talk Program is used to inform registered sex offenders that they are under supervision, they are being held accountable, and it is not okay for them to encourage children to come to their door and take candy.

Sex offenders on active community supervision/active registration status are also not allowed to put up Halloween decorations that would encourage children to come to their doors.

If an officer goes to the home, it is expected that the offender is home during Trick or Treat times. They are required to answer the door for the police department. If an offender on active community supervision is not home or has decorations at their home that could attract children, the offender could be arrested.

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