Officers sweeping streets on Halloween night to make sure sex offenders are in line

Sex offender sweep taking place on Halloween night

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Members of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will pay a Halloween night visit to the homes of Bakersfield sex offenders to ensure they aren't attracting young trick-or-treaters.

According to "Operation Boo" supervisor James Stanton, sex offenders will be required to stay indoors Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. and are not allowed to have external lights on, provide candy or display Halloween decorations.

"Halloween is a great time for the families and the children and we should be out there and we should help to make sure it's as safe as possible," Stanton said.

There are almost 92,000 sex offenders in California, according to Stanton.  Operation Boo only targets state-supervised sex offenders.

Stanton is urging parents to go on the Megan's Law website to research sex offenders in their neighborhoods and to avoid those homes.

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