Increased patrols to ensure safety for trick-or-treaters
Suffolk County Police Department Special Victims Section detectives will be out in force from now until Halloween to interview and monitor registered sex offenders residing throughout the police district. The department will be joining forces with the United States Marshal’s NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, United States Marshal’s Sex Offender Investigation Branch, Eastern District of New York, New York State Parole, Suffolk County Probation and the East End town and village police departments to conduct joint surveillance and monitoring operations in the days leading up to Halloween.
The focus of this effort will be to pay close attention to the holiday décor of the residence as well as conducting in-person interviews for address verification purposes and police monitoring of the designated offender. The information obtained will then be used to perform specifically targeted surveillance operations on Halloween.
Additional police patrols, both marked and unmarked, will be deployed throughout residential areas to enhance safety, help prevent property damage and discourage general mischief.
Parents are reminded to monitor their children’s activity on Halloween and to discuss with them the safety precautions regarding trick or treating and their interaction with strangers. All treats should be examined before consumption, and, of course, any suspicious activity or suspected tampering of treats should be reported to the Suffolk County Police Department immediately.
“Halloween should be a day of fun for our children,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy. “The police department will be taking several steps to protect trick-or-treaters and we ask parents to be vigilant as well.”
“Our detectives will be taking a proactive approach in speaking with registered sex offenders about the upcoming holiday,” said Police Commissioner Richard Dormer. “It is our goal to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable day.”