Operation Boo 2016

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) is implementing the 23rd Annual “Operation Boo.” Operation Boo, traditionally launched at Halloween, helps heighten awareness of the ways to protect children from sexual abuse. The Operation Boo Parent’s Guide offers tips on teaching kids how to spot dangerous behaviors in adults year-round.

This year, the guide has added information to help families understand who is most likely to abuse children and gives links with information about how to make kids aware of the dangers of abuse in a non-threatening way. Additionally, the guide provides tips for parents on charting a trick-or-treat path that’s free of homes where known sex offenders live.

On Halloween night, DAPO’s Special GPS Units and Parole Agents and their local law enforcement partners will conduct the traditional compliance checks on known sex offenders to make sure they’re staying away from trick-or-treaters. We’ll also have special transient sex-offender curfew centers set up where they are most needed.

The Tradition

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DAPO has been conducting Operation Boo since 1994. Operation Boo is held statewide in California on Halloween night. Known sex offenders supervised by DAPO are monitored closely by agents 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 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. 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.

Operation Boo Parent’s Guide

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

    Operation Boo Badge and link to brocure
  • Share a fun and non-threatening Halloween activity with their children which will allow them to discuss dangerous behavior in adults.
  • This year’s parent’s guide includes a short but important reminder that most cases of sexual abuse against children occurs in the child’s own home by family members or in familiar places perpetrated by familiar adults. So it’s important to discuss dangerous adult behaviors with your children in an age-appropriate manner. The guide has links with expert tips on how to do that.
  • 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 sex offenders that they’re being watched, and let everyone on the trick-or-treat trail know that parent awareness is key to keeping children safe.

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.

Media coverage

CDCR’s Communications Office will coordinate state-wide media coverage of Operation Boo with the Regional Parole Units and Public Information Officers. For more information please click on the links below.

Read Operation Boo Ride-Along News Advisory

Download Ride-Along Application, Waiver, and Disclaimer