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SCPD: Law Enforcement Operation To Monitor Sex Offenders Through Halloween

LongIsland.com

Increased patrols to ensure safety for trick-or-treaters.

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Suffolk County, NY - October 28th, 2013 - Suffolk County Police Department Special Victims Section detectives will be out in force from now through Halloween to interview and monitor registered sex offenders residing throughout the police district.

The department will coordinate efforts with New York State Parole, Suffolk County Probation, East End town and village police departments, including Southampton, East Hampton, Southold and Riverhead, the United States Marshal’s NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force and United States Marshal’s Sex Offender Investigation Branch - Eastern District of New York, to conduct joint surveillance and monitoring operations in the days leading up to and including Halloween.

The focus of this effort will be to pay close attention to the holiday décor of the residence as well as conducting in-person interviews for address verification purposes and police monitoring of the designated offender. The information obtained will then be used to perform specifically targeted surveillance operations on Halloween.

There will be detectives and Warrant Section officers deployed in unmarked units throughout residential areas to enhance safety, help prevent property damage and discourage general mischief.

Parents are reminded to monitor their children’s activity on Halloween and discuss with them safety precautions regarding trick or treating and interaction with strangers. All treats should be examined before consumption, and any suspicious activity or suspected tampering of treats should be reported to the Suffolk County Police Department immediately.