US Marshals warn sex offenders in a mission to keep kids safe this Halloween
Posted: Oct 31 2015 09:11PM MST
Video Posted: Oct 31 2015 09:18PM MST
Updated: Oct 31 2015 09:21PM MST
Thousands of trick-or-treaters packed neighborhood streets tonight. Monsters, princesses, and superheroes went door-to-door to get their hands on some candy.
These are kiddos who went trick-or-treating in the Encanto area.
And with all of the children out and about tonight, law enforcement was also out in full force to help keep them safe.
Marcy Jones road along with US Marshal's conducting "Operation Safe Treat."
They may be knocking on doors tonight, but this group isn't looking for candy
"We like to make sure that those individuals that are supposed to be compliant with their terms are and that those that aren't go into custody, so that they're not a threat to our most innocent citizens," said Deputy Amelia Swenhaugen with the US Marshals.
Throughout October, Operation Safe Treat focuses on making the Halloween season less scary for tiny trick-or-treaters.
"Tonight we're looking for individuals who are in compliance, basically not giving out candy, no lights, no Halloween decorations, not coming to the door when they hear a knock," Swenhaugen said.
The operation targets those who have committed crimes against children; making sure they’re following the terms of their probation…a mission Deputy Swenhaugen says hits close to home.
"Just to make sure that they're safe on a night that's supposed to be fun and enjoyable not a night that could possibly have any kind of harm or detriment to any of these kids so that's why I enjoy being out here."
Deputies say the operation has been very successful in the past -- this year 70 arrests were made and 83 warrants were cleared.