Division of
Adult Parole
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Operation Boo

Operation Boo 2012

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is implementing the 21st Annual “Operation Boo.” Operation Boo helps protect children from sexual predators during Halloween and its new educational component helps parents and teachers show kids how to stay away from potential sexual predators year round.

On Halloween night, CDCR’s Special GPS Units and Parole Agents and their local law enforcement partners will do the traditional compliance checks on known sex offenders to make sure they’re staying away from trick-or-treaters and otherwise following their special orders. We’ll also have special transient sex-offender curfew centers set up where they are most needed. And this year Operation Boo once again features a Parent’s Guide to help families know if sex-offenders live in their areas and make kids aware of the dangers of abuse in a non-threatening way.

The Tradition

Operation Boo 2012CDCR has been conducting and expanding Operation Boo since 1994. Now in its 21st year, Operation Boo is held statewide in California 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. Special Conditions of Parole 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.

Media coverage

In conjunction with the Regional Parole Units, The GPS Units  and their PIOs in DAPO’s 2 regions, CDCR’s Communications Office will coordinate state-wide media coverage of Operation Boo.

Information regarding Communications and Media coordination for Operation Boo

Parent Empowerment

To further protect California children, download the free Parent's Guide with helpful information to help parents and guardians. Some guide activities suggested include:

  • 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. These are 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.

Operation Boo Badge and link to brocureThe brochure also include tips by well-known organizations and experts for discussing personal safety for children. There are also  easy Internet links so that parents can survey their community and learn where nearby sex-offenders may live. With that information, you can steer clear of sex-offender homes and report any illegal activity you may see.

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.