The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is implementing the 22nd 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, CDCR’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.
DAPO agents conducted 1255 compliance checks or searches as part of the 22nd Annual Operation Boo child safety project. (read article)
CDCR has been conducting Operation Boo since 1994. Now in its 22nd 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.
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.
To further protect California children, download the free Parent's Guide with helpful information to help parents and guardians. Some guide activities suggested include:
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.
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.