Operation Blackout On Sex Offenders Underway

Friday, November 01, 2013

To enhance the safety of Tennessee children, the Department of Correction (TDOC) has visited the homes of more than 1812 sex offenders since October 24. Operation Blackout is designed to increase the safety of trick-or-treaters by requiring sex offenders under TDOC supervision to adhere to additional restrictions.

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To enforce the strict rules for high risk sex offenders and those who offended against minors, over 200 probation and parole officers, joined by local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Marshals made random home visits across Tennessee. The visits yielded 52 observations of concerns which were forwarded to the supervising officers for review, and one new arrest for a positive drug screen violation. Five offenders were arrested on outstanding warrants.

 

“Operation Blackout is a part of our agency’s mission to provide effective community supervision and enhance public safety,” said Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield. “Our goal is to put all offenders under TDOC supervision on notice that we will not compromise public safety and those not in compliance will face swift action.”

 

TDOC will be back out in the community tonight (Friday) and this weekend visiting the communities that may have postponed Halloween activities.


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