The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Adult Parole Operations and its law enforcement partners statewide are preparing for their Halloween children’s safety project “Operation Boo.”
Parental education is an important tool for protecting California children from sexual predators, not just during Halloween, but all the time. That’s why CDCR offers a free downloadable brochure with helpful information and Internet links.
The guide and more can be found at www.cdcr.ca.gov.
This year, the online Operation Boo Parent’s Guide features a reminder for parents and the public that the vast majority of sex crimes against children occur within their own home. Experts say 90% of all child victims know their offender, with almost half of the offenders being a family member. Of sexual assaults against people age 12 and up, approximately 80% of the victims know the offender. The guide lists several Internet links with tips on how to talk to children about dangerous behaviors by any adult, not just strangers.
The guide also helps families:
· Share a fun and non-threatening Halloween activity with their children to allow discussion of dangerous behavior in any adults - even those within their circle of confidence
· Use easy Internet links to survey the community and learn where any sex offenders live in the area so trick-or-treaters can steer clear and report any suspicious or illegal activity.
· Become partners with CDCR to send a message to predators that they’re being watched.
The Operation Boo Parent’s Guide is available at this direct link:
CDCR has been conducting and gradually expanding the Operation Boo project since 1994. Now in its 22nd year, Operation Boo is conducted in cities all across California. State-supervised sex offenders are monitored closely to ensure that they don’t attempt to attract children to their homes. Among the special conditions of parole imposed on sex offenders for Halloween night are:
· A 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew during which parolees must remain indoors;
· No exterior lights on at their homes, so that it looks as if no one is home and children are discouraged from approaching;
· No offering of Halloween candy and no Halloween decorations;
· During the curfew, sex-offender parolees can open the door only to respond to law enforcement, such as parole agents who are checking compliance.
· In addition to the traditional compliance checks, this year Operation Boo will again include transient sex offender monitoring. Special centers will be set up in many cities on Halloween night where transient sex-offenders will be ordered to report and spend their curfew under supervision. Some centers will be part of the Halloween night media tours (where available).