Authorities monitor sex offenders in Milwaukee neighborhoods for Halloween

"We want to ensure safety first and foremost"

Speical law enforcement teams conducted "Knock and Talks" in Milwaukee County Sunday at the homes of known sex offenders amid Halloween festivities. 

The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office Apprehension Unit and Criminal Investigative Unit, Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) Probation and Parole, and District Attorney's Office investigators are working together to monitor sex offenders during trick or treat hours. 

“We want to ensure safety first and foremost for our communities," Jacob Leannais said. 

The goal is to ensure each sex offender is in compliance with Halloween regulations.

“An individual cannot hand out candy, they cannot have their porch light on," Leannais said. 

The registered sex offender is also prohibited from answering their door should a trick-or-treater come by and expected to remain in their homes from 12p - 5p as trick-or-treaters canvass neighborhoods for candy. 

“[It's] very important," Rosie Turner said. 

"Extremely important," she continued. 

Turner, a great-grandmother, said she pays special attention to her great-granddaughter as she trick-or-treats from door to door, but she feels even safer knowing law enforcement is also keeping a watchful eye.

“It [means] the world to me," Turner said. 

"I mean, I appreciate that. They don’t know how much I appreciate that. As a grandma, a great grandma… keeping the children safe, that’s my number one issue," she continued. 

Last year, checks were conducted on 220 registered sex offenders nine of them were arrested for violation of their probation and parole conditions. 

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