TDOC Launches Annual Halloween Operation Aimed At Sex Offenders

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 10:53am

STATEWIDE – Earlier this month, the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) launched “Operation Blackout”, an annual statewide operation to ensure sex offenders on TDOC’s caseload are complying with the conditions of their supervision, as well as special conditions put in place surrounding the Halloween holiday.

Each October, TDOC Community Supervision adds an extra layer of protection for the children in our communities, and an extra layer of accountability for sex offenders under the state’s supervision . A specific set of rules must be followed by all registered sex offenders this month: no Halloween decorations, no attending Halloween/fall functions (i.e., Harvest Festivals, etc.), no distributing candy, and keeping the porch light turned off on Halloween night.

“There are just under 4,000 sex offenders on supervision living amongst us in Tennessee,” said Commissioner Tony Parker.  “While we hope these folks are doing what they are supposed to, it is our job to confirm it.  As a father, I am appreciative of these officers canvasing our communities to ensure everyone has a safe, enjoyable night.”

TDOC Probation/Parole will be performing unannounced home checks all month leading up to Halloween and will be out in neighborhoods on the 31st conducting compliance checks, as well.

To ensure your child is safe this Halloween, here are a few more things you can do:               

  • Go with your child on Halloween night.  This is not only a good way to keep your child safe, but is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors better.
  • If you choose to let your child go out without adult supervision, make sure you know where your child will be trick-or-treating.
  • Before you go out on Halloween night, check the TBI Sex Offender Registry to know which houses to avoid.
  • If you see any suspicious activity, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
  • If you see a TDOC offender at a Halloween event or with holiday decorations, please call 1-844-TDC-FIND and report it.

Media is invited to ride along for Operation Blackout.  Please contact your regional PIO to schedule:  Sarah Gallagher, Middle: 629-215-0801; Tylee Tracer, West: 629-215-0284; Rob Reburn, East: 615-920-3361.