TDOC Launches "Operation Blackout"

Friday, October 21, 2016 | 01:39pm

Statewide Compliance Sweep Targets Sex Offenders During Halloween

NASHVILLE - From candy to costumes, kids across Tennessee are gearing up for Halloween.  Meanwhile, the Tennessee Department of Correction is taking additional measures to keep them safe this Halloween season with the launch of Operation Blackout. 

Operation Blackout is a yearly, massive statewide sweep to ensure registered sex offenders under TDOC supervision follow strict guidelines for the fall season and Halloween.  Hundreds of teams of TDOC probation parole officers work with local law enforcement to saturate communities across the state, conducting random visits and compliance checks on more than 3,000 sex offenders statewide between October 21 and the morning of November 1.  These visits are in addition to the daily supervision our officers perform year round.

 “The safety of Tennessee neighborhoods is our number one priority, and we work daily to ensure offenders are in compliance,” says TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker. “Operation Blackout enhances that work and sends a message to offenders that we will do whatever is necessary to protect our children and our communities.”

Seasonal restrictions for sex offenders include:

  • Will remain in their homes between the hours of 6:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.
  • Will not have porch lights on as is the custom to participate in trick-or-treating.
  • Will not open their doors for trick-or-treaters.
  • Will only open their doors for law enforcement.
  • Will not be allowed to display fall decorations.
  • Will not be allowed to wear costumes or dress in disguise.
  • Will not be allowed to attend fall festivals or parties.

In 2015, TDOC probation parole officers conducted more than 3,000 checks on sex offenders during Operation Blackout.