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Sex offenders focus of statewide Halloween night patrols

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TRI-CITIES, TN/VA (WJHL) -
State authorities will be closely monitoring the activity of convicted sex offenders on Halloween night.
In Virginia, they're calling it "Operation Porch Lights Out."  

 Sex offenders under on probation are required to remain at home with their porch lights out or to attend a meeting at a secure location while kids are trick-or-treating.

In Tennessee, a similar effort is called "Operation Blackout."  The Department of Correction's probation and parole officers will team up with local law enforcement and U.S. Marshals to ensure sex offenders follow guidelines.
According to TDOC, convicted sex offenders under state supervision must:
  • Remain inside their homes between the hours of 6:00 pm -6:00 am. 
  • Leave porch lights off on Halloween night. 
  • Not open their doors for trick-or-treaters. 
  • Only open their doors for law enforcement officers. 
  • Not display fall decorations, wear costumes or dress in disguise 
Offenders found to be out of compliance could face additional charges and jail time. 
"Our agency is committed to enhancing public safety," said Virginia Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield.   "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." 

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