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Keeping Watch On Sex Offenders
By Chris Martin
AMARILLO -- When talking about Halloween, safety is the first thing on every parent's mind, and the last thing you want your kids to do is go to the house of a sex offender.
City officials from the Community Supervision and Corrections Department conduct "Operation Lights Out" every year.
The program has been in place for a decade in which, probation officers and supervisors travel around the city, making sure that on Halloween at the houses of sex offenders the porch lights are off, there are no outside decorations, and that they are not allowing Trick-or-Treaters.
It has been pretty successful in preventing problems with registered sex offenders but these practices are part of their program and treatment. The CSCD works closely with the treatment providers and counselors along with law enforcement.
The offenders are even reminded about tonight 4 to 6 weeks prior.
With over 500 individuals registered in Amarillo alone, avoiding problems on one night has worked out well.
Knowing where offenders live and making sure your children stay away from those places should be a practice throughout the year.
Those sex offenders in violation are asked to make the necessary changes, but there are more serious penalties for refusing to do so.
You can check on offender registry websites as well as mobile apps for that information.