By Jeff Munson
The Nevada Department of Public Safety, Division of Parole and Probation and Carson City authorities have again launched Operation Scarecrow, a program eight years running that targets sex offenders and predators during Halloween.
Operation Scarecrow's purpose is to ensure there is no contact between division supervised sex offenders and children. Law enforcement will provide enhanced community supervision and give specific direction to high risk and high profile sex offenders, said DPS Spokeswman Gail Powell.
Sex offenders are not allowed to participate in any activity which could lure children to or near their residences, including a restriction that they cannot have home parties or pass out candy on Halloween.
The focus of the operation is to ensure that offenders whose crime involved a child victim or offenders who have a “no contact with children” condition have no contact whatsoever with children. DPP Officers will be specifically targeting sex offenders under the DPP’s supervision.
Ongoing since Oct. 1, division officers are providing sex offenders with an “Offender Halloween Restrictions” handout. These sex offenders were instructed they must avoid any contact with children during the Halloween holiday, and must avoid participation in any Halloween-related festivities involving or potentially involving children.
Officers across Nevada will be conducting residential contacts and surveillance activities to ensure offender compliance and to spot any potential violations of the “Offender Halloween Restrictions” provided to the offenders. Officers will make as many contacts as possible during the operation. Enforcement action regarding observed violations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Operation Scarecrow sweeps are being conducted in Carson City, Reno, Sparks, Fallon, Fernley, Ely, Elko and Winnemucca.