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HALLOWEEN PLANS & PRECAUTIONS

Monday, October 28, 2013 03:38 PM

Sheriff Newell Normand announces, preparations are underway with regards to sex offenders and the upcoming Halloween festivities.
In accordance with state law, members of the JPSO have been conducting compliance checks of sex offenders as it relates to upcoming Halloween events. Two specific laws LA R.S. 14:313(E) and LA R.S. 14:313.1 address a sex offender's restrictions and responsibilities during the Halloween holiday.
LA R.S. 14:313(E) Every person convicted of or who plead guilty to a sex offense is prohibited from using or wearing a hood, mask, or disguise of any kind with the intent to hide, conceal, or disguise his / her identity on or concerning Halloween.
LA R.S. 14:313.1 It shall be unlawful for any person convicted of or who pleads guilty to a sex offense to distribute candy or other gifts to persons under eighteen years of age on or concerning Halloween.
A complete list of registered sex offenders in all of Jefferson Parish has been compiled by our Personal Violence Commander, Lieutenant Curtis Matthews. This list is disseminated to all Patrol Division Commanders in order for patrol officers to be aware of any sex offenders in their respective areas. JPSO Personal Violence detectives and patrol officers, will be out Halloween night to ensure the above restrictions and responsibilities are being adhered to by sex offenders residing within the Parish. Any sex offender found in violation of these state laws will be arrested. In addition to these compliance checks, additional officers will be patrolling our neighborhoods. Several neighborhood associations have hired off-duty JPSO officers for added security.
Although there are no official set times for trick-or-treating, a general rule is that trick-or-treat activities end around 8:00 PM on Halloween night. Parents are encouraged to have their young children home by 8:30 PM; unless, they are attending a supervised function sponsored by other parents or civic organizations.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS:
• Ensure an adult accompanies young children as they go trick-or-treating.
• Select neighborhoods where power is evident and streetlights are on and are well-lit.
• Plan and discuss the route your children will take to trick-or-treat. Make certain your children are given a time to return home.
• Please encourage younger children to stay in familiar areas.
• Always have your children carry flashlights or glow-sticks for easier visibility.
• Remind them to look both ways before crossing roadways.
• Ensure children stop only at houses that are well-lit, and teach them NEVER to enter the home of a stranger.
• Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten. Explain to your children not to eat anything that is unwrapped or seems unusual. When in doubt, throw it out.
• Attach a slip of paper to the costumes of younger children listing the child’s name, address and telephone number in the event the child is separated from the group with which they are traveling.
• Turn on your home's exterior lights and remove any objects from your walkway that may be a hazard to trick-or-treaters.
• Place candle-lit jack-o-lanterns out-of-reach so children won't burn themselves or their costumes.
• If possible, have your children do their trick-or-treating before dark.
• Be aware of any suspicious activity. Report any concerns to the JPSO by calling 911.


Colonel John N. Fortunato,
Commander,
Public Information Office
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
1233 Westbank Expressway
Harvey, LA 70058
504-363-5521 Office
504-616-8731 Cell


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