'Operation Lights Out'
Sheriff's Office Out In Force On Halloween
To Assure Sex Offenders Comply With Law
Halloween should be filled with happy surprises for our children, and they should be able to trick or treat in a safe environment. That is why the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force on Sunday, October 31, 2010 to ensure sex offenders comply with Missouri laws.
Briefing At Sheriff's HQ Thousands of children in Jackson County will be out trick-or-treating on Halloween. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is committing to do all possible ensure the safety of all kids. The Sheriff's Office will hold a briefing at 4:00 p.m. October 31, 2010 to discuss how teams of officers will be deployed to go door to door to verify compliance of sex offenders reportedly living in Jackson County. The briefing will be held at the Sheriff's headquarters at 3310 NE Rennaue Drive in Lee's Summit, and everyone is welcome to attend.
Missouri Statute 589.526 states:
Any person required to register as a sexual offender under sections 589.400 to 589.425 shall be required on October 31 of each year to:
(1) Avoid all Halloween-related contact with children;
(2) Remain inside his or her residence between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. unless required to be elsewhere for just cause, including but not limited to employment or medical emergencies;
(3) Post a sign at his or her residence stating, "No candy or treats at this residence"; and
(4) Leave all outside residential lighting off during the evening hours after 5 p.m.
Studies show a high recidivism rate among sex offenders. In fact, a study of 126 convicted rapists indicated that these men had committed 907 rapes with 882 different victims (National Victim Center). In addition, the United Staes Department of Justice statistics show that one in four women and one in six men will experience some kind of sexual assault in their lifetime. Also, 67 percent of sexual assaults involve victims under the age of 18.
If you or your children feel uncomfortable about someone or a particular residence, it is better to be safe than sorry, so just skip that house and move on to the next. In addition, please contact your local police or the Sheriff’s Office immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity. For more Halloween Safety Tips, CLICK HERE.