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Story by Luis Patino, Public Information Officer II
Photos by Eric Owens, CDCR Staff Photographer
CDCR Office of Public and Employee Communications
More than 350 agents from CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO), together with more than 100 law enforcement partners, conducted almost 1,200 compliance searches of California sex-offenders’ homes across the state as part of the 23nd annual Operation Boo Child Safety Project on Halloween night.
The searches resulted in 62 arrests for parole or probation violations, including two parolees-at-large, 15 cases of possession of child pornography, and six confiscations of prohibited firearms or other weapons.
“Our gratitude goes out to the parole agents and local law enforcement personnel who gave up their family time to help ensure that California’s children were safe as they enjoyed this holiday tradition, and who helped us empower parents to teach their children about potentially dangerous adult behavior,” said Guillermo Viera Rosa, Director of DAPO.
Operation Boo also offered a free downloadable brochure (see link below). The Parent’s Guide has information to keep children safe all year. It features these components:
- Not Just Stranger Danger: The California Department of Justice’s Megan’s Law website states 90 percent of child victims know their offender, with almost half of the offenders being a family member. Of sexual assaults against people age 12 and up, approximately 80 percent of the victims know the offender. Also listed are several website locations with tips on how to talk to your children about dangerous behaviors by any adult, not just strangers.
- Parent Empowerment: Links are provided to important tools to help keep children safe, such as the Megan’s Law website that helps the public pinpoint where sex-offenders live in their area so children can stay clear of them.
For more information please visit: https://TinyURL.com/Operation Boo