Operation Boo

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is implementing the 20th Annual “Operation Boo.” Operation Boo helps protect children from sexual predators during Halloween and its new educational component helps parents and teachers show kids how to stay away from potential sexual predators year round. Full Article

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This may sound funny but many years ago when my children were small we would go trick-er-treating with a friend of mine that was an LA police officer living in Costa Mesa. Being a registered sex offender hanging with a decorated cop from LA on Halloween with our kids…Talking about humor people!

“During the curfew, sex offender parolees can only open the door to respond to law enforcement, such as parole agents who are patrolling their caseload to ensure compliance.”

Seriously…what about pizza delivery? So they can’t open the door for food delivery? Really?

How will they know if it’s a trick or treater in a police costume? Who can tell?

“The California Department of Corrections. . . . . . . oh, AND Rehabilitation.” Almost forgot that was in there. They should probably just remove that seeing bad their antics have NOTHING to do with rehabilitation.

Question, does this mean that they will perform checks on everyone, even those that aren’t on Parole/Probation? Could I politely offer them candy to give to their children when come and knock on my door?

Hell, maybe I’ll dress up like a concentration camp prisoner with a number burned into my arm and answer the door to them……and cross costume with the Scarlet Letters! Oh the choices I will have to make!

I am still waiting to hear of a child becoming a sex crime victim on Halloween night. Haven’t read any stories of this ever happening. Fear mongering at it’s best.

$ Gotta $ keep $ the$ lie $ alive; $ For$ obvious $ reasons$

Just to clarify, Operation Boo curfew and non-engagement requirements are directed ONLY for those under court supervision, either parole or probation. Operation Boo does NOT apply to registrants not under court supervision, except in cities that have Halloween restrictions for everyone such as Simi Valley and Orange.

Thank God for our government shepherds. The sheep are being cared for. No longer will Halloween be so scary for our children. No longer will parents need to accompany their children. The only minor inconveniences which remain will be razor blades, poison, bullies stealing their candy, reckless drivers and etc. Hallelujah!

The coordination of the media coverage of this operation should make the true intent of this activity painfully obvious. Just like watching wild animals on Safari on the Serengeti…. but a h3ll of a lot cheaper. Aren’t we all about the cheap thrills?

Official Media Ride-along forms are required to be submitted on a first come, first served basis for journalists who wish to be embedded with the crews on Halloween night. The tours will be designed to include the Transient Sex-Offender Curfew Sites (where available) or transient sex-offender GPS tracking compliance checks. The tour will also include traditional compliance checks.

http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/operation-boo-media-component.html

What better night to exploit the “sex offender = bogyman” myth than Halloween!

This holiday was just made for this sort of hysteria and hype. Keeps it alive in the minds of voters which is what the politicians all want! Give the illusion that they are being “tough on crime” and in the meantime quite a few of these little darlings will be out doing more tricking than treating and causing property damage but hey…reality is not what matter in America.

BOO!

The operation should really be called “Operation Overtime Pay” for the cost of sending countless officers from myriad departments and agencies into the “field” all night for this snipe hunt.

Why aren’t we petitioning the CDCR to remove the inaccuracies and stereotypes portrayed in this program? We shouldn’t let the government run a media propaganda campaign with our money.

Here’s an idea:

Someone, anyone on the registry. Do something to make actual ghosts and demons hang outside your house all Halloween night. That will give law enforcement, trick or treaters, and the media something to talk about. Plus it might scare everyone off the street, but hey they are ghosts and demons it’s to be expected.

I, as I’m sure many other probationers have, received a letter from my county probation department directing me to: stay indoors from 5pm til midnight: place a sign on my front door reading “No candy at this house”: leave all the outside lights off: Have no decorations: not participate in any community events related to Halloween.

What bothers me is that a probation department can decide to, in effect, confine me to my home whenever the mood strikes them without a judge’s order. This amounts to defacto incarceration as far as I’m concerned. If they can order me to stay in my home, and set a curfew during Halloween what’s stopping them from ordering me to stay in my home during Christmas, Easter, Independence Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Arbor Day, Secretary’s Day, etc?

Should a probation department have this kind of authority to, essentially, place me under home arrest whenever they feel?

More chest beating and using this class of disenfranchised citizens for window dressing. All the time, the children of registrants hang their heads in shame and trying to figure out exactly which lawmakers and gloating public officials have their best interest in mind…

Let’s no forget that there are a million children effected by the registry, they are the ones who have a loved one on this list.
OPERATION BOO, sends this “family activity” home with their students. These children could very well be destroyed over this, knowing that the person they love, are viewed as the MONSTER everyone else hates.

More like Operation Booooondoggle.

I think that no parent should let their child go “trick or treating”, and here is the reason why: All parents can go on the Megan’s Law website to see where these “monsters” live. So, they could tell their kids to avoid those places. Then, there are all these soon to be “Monsters” who just have not made the list yet. Chances are, your kid will encounter those future “Monsters” on their annual candy search at Halloween. Heck, it might be the nice next door neighbor, the teacher you thought was so great, or even your own brother, uncle, aunt, etc. It is even scarier now that they don’t even know where these future “monsters” live and how many there are. Please don’t feel safe letting your children go from door to door, as statistics show that most SOs are not even on the “list” because they have not been caught yet. Bury Halloween, end the tradition now, as it is too risky!

I personally think this operation is a wonderful idea ! The economy isn’t doing that well and this operation will probably provide a substantial number of officers with overtime pay! In addition , since there has never bernard reported abduction/ or molestation by a sex offender during Halloween/shhhh don’t tell the public , this operation will create hysteria and hopefully allow some of these officers to pad their savings accounts for Christmas! Great idea. I love the comment about calling sex offenders predators/ grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. There are multiple convicts with serious misdemeanors that resulted in summary probation prowling/expunged multiple years ago ! Be careful! This operation is also of benefit for the drug dealers, gang members , pimps, prostitutes and those who have been convicted of vehicular homicide! Let them go out and do whatever they like. 🙂

I just read an article about this year’s Operation Boo, and it was talking about 5 arrests out of their 18 checks. So, let me get this right, they only visited 18 residences? What about the rest of the 10 thousands of sex offenders who are deemed dangerous to children? If they are not considered a threat on Halloween (for some reason this seems to be the most dangerous day for children), why would they be considered a threat on any other day? Shouldn’t Operation Boo target every sex offender, public or not since they are on the registry? What a bunch of BS and so hypocritical. Boy, do I feel safe now since they visited 18 residents….phew. Safe for one more year. Laughable!!