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Probation officers acting to keep Delaware kids safe this Halloween

Department of Correction | Date Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015



Dover – Tomorrow night, as children and families celebrate Halloween in neighborhoods across Delaware, registered sex offenders under the supervision of probation officers are being ordered to stay off the streets, the Department of Correction announced today.

On Halloween night each year, the Department of Correction (DOC) imposes special restrictions on all high risk sex offenders and sex offenders with child victims who are under the supervision of the DOC’s Bureau of Community Corrections. These restrictions require designated offenders to remain inside their home with outside lights turned off beginning at 6:00 p.m. and prohibit them from distributing candy, participating in Halloween-related activities, or displaying Halloween decorations. Moreover, designated homeless sex offenders under Department of Correction supervision will be required to report to a Probation and Parole Office or other location in their county at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, where they will remain until 9:00 p.m.

“The Department of Correction is taking reasonable precautions to ensure that children and families enjoy a safe trick-or-treating experience,” Commissioner Robert Coupe said today. “Probation officers will be on patrol in our communities to verify that sex offenders under our supervision are following the restrictions on their movement and activities on Halloween night.”

To ensure compliance with these restrictions, teams of Probation and Parole officers will be out on the streets in each county Saturday night to conduct residence checks at the homes of designated sex offenders. On Halloween night last year Probation Officers made 347 residence visits and took 5 offenders into custody for violating the terms of their probation.

The DOC’s Bureau of Community Corrections provides community-based supervision, programs and treatment services to approximately 16,000 adult offenders in Delaware. In addition, 18 probation officers statewide are assigned full-time to specialized local crime-fighting task forces, including Governor’s Task Force and Safe Streets patrols in designated communities, and DEA, FBI, and US Marshalls task forces. In addition, a half-dozen probation officers are assigned to the DOC’s pre-trial services unit, which supervises more than 500 defendants facing trial who have been ordered by the Court to be supervised as a condition of bail.

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Probation officers acting to keep Delaware kids safe this Halloween

Department of Correction | Date Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015



Dover – Tomorrow night, as children and families celebrate Halloween in neighborhoods across Delaware, registered sex offenders under the supervision of probation officers are being ordered to stay off the streets, the Department of Correction announced today.

On Halloween night each year, the Department of Correction (DOC) imposes special restrictions on all high risk sex offenders and sex offenders with child victims who are under the supervision of the DOC’s Bureau of Community Corrections. These restrictions require designated offenders to remain inside their home with outside lights turned off beginning at 6:00 p.m. and prohibit them from distributing candy, participating in Halloween-related activities, or displaying Halloween decorations. Moreover, designated homeless sex offenders under Department of Correction supervision will be required to report to a Probation and Parole Office or other location in their county at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, where they will remain until 9:00 p.m.

“The Department of Correction is taking reasonable precautions to ensure that children and families enjoy a safe trick-or-treating experience,” Commissioner Robert Coupe said today. “Probation officers will be on patrol in our communities to verify that sex offenders under our supervision are following the restrictions on their movement and activities on Halloween night.”

To ensure compliance with these restrictions, teams of Probation and Parole officers will be out on the streets in each county Saturday night to conduct residence checks at the homes of designated sex offenders. On Halloween night last year Probation Officers made 347 residence visits and took 5 offenders into custody for violating the terms of their probation.

The DOC’s Bureau of Community Corrections provides community-based supervision, programs and treatment services to approximately 16,000 adult offenders in Delaware. In addition, 18 probation officers statewide are assigned full-time to specialized local crime-fighting task forces, including Governor’s Task Force and Safe Streets patrols in designated communities, and DEA, FBI, and US Marshalls task forces. In addition, a half-dozen probation officers are assigned to the DOC’s pre-trial services unit, which supervises more than 500 defendants facing trial who have been ordered by the Court to be supervised as a condition of bail.

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