NASHVILLE, TN (KFVS) - The Tennessee Department of Correction announced they will expand efforts to protect children on Halloween night.
The agency's probation/parole officers and apprehension unit will be joined by local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Marshals to ensure sex offenders under TDOC supervision adhere to strict guidelines.
"Operation Blackout" will result in an increased presence of law enforcement in the community and random visits to the homes of sex offenders who must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Remain inside their homes between the hours of 6:00pm -6:00am.
- Leave porch lights off on Halloween night.
- Are not permitted to open their doors for trick-or-treaters.
- Only open their doors for law enforcement officers.
- Are not permitted to display fall decorations, 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.
"Our agency is committed to enhancing public safety, " Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield reiterated. "This Halloween we're asking citizens to partner with our 6,800 employees by remaining vigilant and reinforcing general safety practices to help keep trick-or-treaters safe."