Operation Boo 2012
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is implementing the 19th Annual “Operation Boo.” Operation Boo helps protect children from sexual predators during Halloween and its new educational component helps parents and teachers teach kids to stay away from potential sexual predators year round.
On Halloween night, CDCR’s Special GPS Units and Parole Agents and their law enforcement partners will enforce the traditional compliance checks on known sex offenders to make sure they’re staying away from trick-or-treaters. The 2012 Operation Boo is once again featuring a Educational Component beginning October 23. On Halloween night, special transient sex-offender curfew centers will be set up in some regions and targeted transient sex-offender compliance checks will be held in other areas.
CDCR has been conducting and gradually expanding the traditional Operation Boo since 1994. Now, in its 19th year, Operation Boo is held in each of the four California regions on Halloween night. Known sex-offenders supervised by CDCR are monitored closely by agents from the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) to ensure that they don’t attempt to attract children to their homes. Among the Special Conditions of Parole that are imposed on sex offenders for Halloween night:
Special Halloween Conditions of Parole for Sex Offender Registrants
- A 5pm to 5 am curfew during which parolees must remain indoors;
- All exterior lights of their homes must be turned off so that it looks as if no one is home, which discourages children from approaching;
- No offering of Halloween candy and no Halloween decorations are allowed;
- During the curfew, sex offender parolees can only open the door to respond to law enforcement, such as parole agents who are patrolling their caseload to ensure compliance.
In conjunction with the Regional Parole Units, The GPS Units and their PIOs in DAPO’s 4 regions, CDCR’s Communications Office will coordinate state-wide media coverage of Operation Boo.
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This year, Operation Boo will again include two additional features:
Parent Empowerment: To further protect California children, free downloadable brochures with helpful information and links will be available on the internet to help parents:
- Share a fun and non-threatening Halloween activity with their children which will allow them to discuss ‘dangerous behavior in adults.
- Have the whole family take part in creating “Operation Boo Parent Patrol" Badges for the parents to wear on Halloween night to send a message to predators that they’re being watched, and let everyone on the trick-or-treat trail know that parent awareness is key to keeping children safe on Halloween night and anytime.
- Choose from among several tips by well-known organizations and experts for discussing personal safety for children.
- Use easy internet links to survey their community and learn where sex-offenders may live in their area so you can steer clear of those locations and report any illegal activity you may see.
“Operation Boo” Information Guide for Parents and Children: Parents, please click here to view and print out this informative guide, complete with “Parent Patrol Badge” coloring page. – PDF Handout
Transient Sex Offender Monitoring:Since a significant number of sex-offenders are also homeless, special centers will be set up for Halloween Night in most regions of the state. Sex-offenders will have to report to these Transient Sex-offender Curfew Centers to abide by the Halloween night curfew under the watchful eye of law enforcement officers.
Division of Adult Parole Operations Links
- 2011 Public Safety Realignment - DAPO Informational Overview
- 5 Year Road Map
- California Parole Apprehension Teams (CPAT)
- Lifer Parole Process
- Non-Revocable Parole
- Parole Requirements
- Parole Services
- Parolee Conditions
- Parole Museum
- Parolee On-Line Handbook
- Parolee Restitution Payment Instructions
- Restitution Responsibilities, Information for Adult Offenders
- Sex Offender Facts & Figures
- Sex Offender Management Board
- State Authorized Risk Assessment Tool for Sex Offenders (SARATSO) Committee
- Parole Blog or