Officers aim to protect trick-or-treaters from sex offenders - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Officers aim to protect trick-or-treaters from sex offenders

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

While the hunt is on for the best candy in town, Richmond County deputies are going door-to-door, making sure sex offenders aren't doing anything to attract trick-or-treaters to their door.

"Any probationers with sex offenses have been instructed to stay in their homes and not to participate in any Halloween functions, they are to turn off their lights," said Pamela Gould, the Chief Probation Officer for the Augusta's Judicial Circuit.

She says with thousands of children trying to stock up on candy Halloween makes for a long night of house calls for dozens of officers trying to keep tabs on hundreds of sex offenders.

"We have approximately 415 registered sex offenders for Richmond County and in our office we supervise over 200 sex offenders," Gould, said.

That means the other 200 registered sex offenders in Augusta who aren't under supervision anymore aren't being monitored or being told to avoid Halloween activities.

That's why Gould says it's important to do your homework and know your community before heading out for holiday fun.  

"The most important thing is to go out with your children and know where your children are going, know the residences and who lives there and be very mindful of your surroundings," she said.

For a link to a list of registered sex offenders living in your area, visit: http://services.georgia.gov/gbi/gbisor/ControllerServlet

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Pedestrian struck by truck on Highway 90

    Pedestrian struck by truck on Highway 90

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:29 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:29:23 GMT
    A pedestrian was hit by a truck while attempting to cross the road near Highway 90, police say. (Photo source: File)A pedestrian was hit by a truck while attempting to cross the road near Highway 90, police say. (Photo source: File)

    A person was hospitalized after being struck by a car near Highway 90. 

    More >>

    A person was hospitalized after being struck by a car near Highway 90. 

    More >>
  • Gulfport High student to represent MS Gulf Coast in Iceland

    Gulfport High student to represent MS Gulf Coast in Iceland

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:52 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:52:04 GMT
    Antonio Green prepares for week long trip to Iceland to study environment. (Photo Source: WLOX)Antonio Green prepares for week long trip to Iceland to study environment. (Photo Source: WLOX)

    From Gulfport, to Reykjavik. Gulfport Junior Antonio Green is set to take the trip of a lifetime, all thanks to the NAACP. 

    More >>

    From Gulfport, to Reykjavik. Gulfport Junior Antonio Green is set to take the trip of a lifetime, all thanks to the NAACP. 

    More >>
  • City of Gulfport prepares for heavy rainfall

    City of Gulfport prepares for heavy rainfall

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:26 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:26:48 GMT
    The city has also set up self-serve sandbag stations at several locations. (Photo source: WLOX)The city has also set up self-serve sandbag stations at several locations. (Photo source: WLOX)
    The city has also set up self-serve sandbag stations at several locations. (Photo source: WLOX)The city has also set up self-serve sandbag stations at several locations. (Photo source: WLOX)

    The City of Gulfport is taking no chances with the predicted heavy rains this weekend. In fact, they've already set up several areas where residents can fill sandbags. 

    More >>

    The City of Gulfport is taking no chances with the predicted heavy rains this weekend. In fact, they've already set up several areas where residents can fill sandbags. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly