In Jacksonville, there are more than 2,500 registered Sexual Offenders and Sexual Predators who live in almost every neighborhood. On nights like Halloween, where children are going door-to-door for candy, police will be out enforcing the laws.
Halloween presents an enticing opportunity for Sexual Offenders and Sexual Predators because of the number of kids out at night, trick-or-treating and knocking on strangers' doors. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Offender Tracking Unit will be watching Sexual Offenders and Sexual Predators Halloween evening to ensure that they are adhering to the established laws.
JSO has pre-planned operations where all Sexual Offenders and Sexual Predators will get checked to make sure they have no enticing decorations and porch lights are off. Not even a carved pumpkin is allowed. The following is a list of laws that Sexual Offenders and Sexual Predators in Duval County must abide by:
- It is unlawful for any Sexual Offender or Sexual Predator to participate in any Halloween party or event if the event targets non-familial children.
- It is unlawful for any Sexual Offender or Sexual Predator to wear costumes, clothing, make-up, mask or anything that would alter a person's appearance in the presence of any non-familial children.
- Any person designated a Sexual Offender or Sexual Predator shall avoid all Halloween related contact with children.
- All outside residential lighting at a Sexual Offender’s or Sexual Predator’s residence must be off during the evening hours after 5 p.m. on October 31st.
- No Halloween decorations can be visible from the exterior of any Sexual Offender's or Sexual Predator's residence from 6 a.m to 11:59 p.m. on October 31st.
Parents who are taking their children trick-or-treating are encouraged to check for Sexual Offenders and Sexual Predators in their area and be aware. You can search by address for Sexual Offenders and Sexual Predators in your area
on the FDLE public search page at FDLE - Sexual Offender and Predator System