County Probation Does Sex Offender Sweep Over Halloween Weekend
Over the Halloween weekend, trick-or-treaters weren’t the only people working the streets.
Between October 28 and 31, the Los Angeles County Probation Department’s Specialized Enforcement Operations, Sex Registrant and Family Violence caseload officers conducted a four-day sex offender sweep within the County of Los Angeles.
Code named “Operation Safe Halloween,” the sweep included probation and post community supervision (PCS) searches and 290 Penal Code (Sex Offenders) compliance checks to make sure that the sex offenders are residing at their legal place of residence.
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In addition, probation officers ensured that these homes had the front porch lights turned off, blinds or curtains drawn, had no Halloween decorations and were not engaged in any activity that would be considered “inviting to children.”
The Department utilized 40 probation officers to conduct compliance checks throughout Los Angeles County on registered sex offenders. These officers were dispatched out in teams.
The teams checked 251 residences, of which 229 were confirmed residences of probationers and PCS persons. Out of the 22 non-confirmed residences, seven were Probation and 15 were PCSP.
The teams contacted 379 persons, of whom 127 were probationers, three were post community supervision persons (PCSP) and 249 were family and friends. Five arrests were made.
122 probationers and three PCSP were in compliance with their terms and conditions of probation/supervision.
Five probationers and 15 PCSP are believed to be in violation of their agreement with the court and the probation department. Three of the five probationers believed to be in violation of their agreement with the court were taken into custody.