Local Authorities Will Conduct Home Checks Of Sex Offenders During Trick Or Treating Hours

(Juneau) The state’s Department of Corrections is again working with law enforcement this Halloween to conduct random home visits of registered sex offenders on DOC supervision. These checks will happen in communities across the state during local trick-or-treating hours, including Dodge County. The DOC supervises nearly 63,000 people on community supervision, probation, or parole, including 6,240 registered sex offenders. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says his department will be working with probation and parole agents to ensure those who cannot not be handing out candy are following orders. He says all police agencies within the county do the same. Schmidt says his cadets will be walking about Beaver Dam during trick-or-treating hours to curb any suspicious activity. Restrictions for registered sex offenders were established to protect children out trick-or-treating, and they include: having any Halloween decorations, either insider or outside the residence, handing out candy or participating in any trick-or treating activities, wearing a Halloween costume, and turning on a porch light during their local trick-or-treating.