TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Kids will be out trick-or-treating the next few days, and law enforcement officials are reminding parents to be aware of who is passing out candy to their children.
“Every year, we partner with probation and parole to offer a facility to monitor registered sex offenders,” Executive Director of Tippecanoe County Community Corrections Jason Huber said.
He said this Halloween won’t be any different.
“We’re doing that again,” he explained. “We’ll have 20 to 25 people who will be down here.”
While there’s no state law that requires all sex offenders to report to a facility, Huber said they’ll be monitoring offenders on probation or parole.
“Obviously, we want to make sure our kids are safe every day of the year,” Huber explained. “Especially, the times that you have large groups of kids that are out and about hopefully being supervised by adults. But if for some reason they’re not, we still want to make sure that we’re providing the safest environment.”
Huber said registered sex offenders who are on probation or parole will report to the Community Corrections building on Halloween night.
“They’ll be here in our facility and basically just will be watched for that three-hour window, and then they’ll be sent back to their regular house,” Huber said.
As always, Huber said if parents see something out of the ordinary while trick-or-treating with their children, don’t hesitate to make a report.
“You can never be too vigilant,” Huber said. “So we always encourage people if they run across an incident or see a suspicious vehicle or someone who is acting a little out a character from the norm, to absolutely call the police or call 911 and let us come check it out.”
For the offenders who are not on parole or probation, they will not be monitored or required to do anything different.
However, parents can find a list of those offenders and their addresses by clicking here.