"Operation Blackout" Protects Children On Halloween
Nashville, TN- The Department of Correction’s efforts to enhance the safety of Tennessee children culminated with more than 1,300 visits to the homes of high risk sex offenders on Halloween night. “Operation Blackout” was designed to increase the safety of trick-or-treaters by requiring sex offenders under TDOC supervision to follow additional restrictions.
To enforce the strict rules for high risk sex offenders and those who offended against minors, over 240 probation and parole officers, joined by local law enforcement and the U.S. Marshal’s, made random home visits across Tennessee. The visits discovered 46 violations and resulted in two arrests.
“Operation Blackout was a part of our on-going effort to provide effective community supervision and protect the public,” said Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield. “All offenders under TDOC supervision should be on notice that we will not comprise public safety and swift action will be taken when they are found to not be in compliance.”