Yaphank - (WALK) Halloween can be a nightmare for many parents, as their children approach strange homes with perhaps very strange occupants. In Suffolk police are addressing the issue by deploying Special Victims Section detectives to interview and monitor registered sex offenders.
Police will work with State police, the Suffolk Department of Probation, the U.S. Marshal's Office, East End town and village police departments and other agencies from now through Halloween, according to SCPD officials.
The focus of the Halloween effort will be to pay close attention to the decorations at an offender's residence, and to conduct in-person interviews to verify the addresses of offenders and ensure their behavior is monitored in "specifically-targeted surveillance operations," according to police. Unmarked units will be deployed throughout residential neighborhoods to enhance safety, prevent property damage and discourage general mischief.
Parents are reminded to supervise their children's activities on Halloween, discuss trick-or-treat safety precautions, and warn about interactions with strangers.
ALL TREATS SHOULD BE EXAMINED BEFORE CONSUMPTION, and any suspicious activities or suspected-tampering should be reported to police immediately.
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