Sweep results in more than 70 arrests statewide; weapons, drugs and pornography confiscated

Operation Boo
Parole agents in Sacramento check a parolee for illegal items as part of Operation Boo

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is committed to public safety and works to encourage child safety throughout the year.

Last October 31, 2017 parole agents arrested more than 70 of the 1,377 sex-offender parolees and other offenders who were contacted during compliance checks or searches as part of the 24th Annual Operation Boo Child Safety Project on Halloween night. The event helps educate parents and caregivers about child safety.

Operation Boo provides families with information and resources that help protect children from sexual abuse. The Operation Boo Parent’s Guide offers tips on teaching kids how to spot dangerous behaviors in adults year-round.

The Department makes available a parent guide to help families understand who is most likely to abuse children and gives links with information about how to make kids aware of the dangers of abuse in a non-threatening way. Additionally, the guide provides tips for parents on charting a trick-or-treat path that’s free of homes where known sex offenders live.

You can learn more and download the free Parent’s Guide by following this link: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Parole/operation-boo-public-component.html

New felony and misdemeanor charges were filed against nine of the sex-offender parolees contacted. Pornography was confiscated from 10 of the parolees checked on Halloween night while 15 parolees in Northern California were caught with weapons. Two parolees at large were also arrested. The violations statewide included 36 parolees who were not in compliance with their conditions of parole.

“Our heartfelt thanks go out to about 400 of our parole agents and nearly 150 local law enforcement partners, who gave up family time to help ensure that California’s children enjoyed a safer trick-or-treat experience free from sexual predators,” said Jerry Powers, Director of CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations.

For more information concerning CDCR please contact the Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-4950.