The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is implementing the 20th 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.
CDCR has been conducting and expanding Operation Boo since 1994. Now in its 20th 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.
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.
To further protect California children, free downloadable brochures with helpful information are 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. 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.
The 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.
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