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Operation Blackout held to protect children from sex offenders during Halloween

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Operation Blackout was in full effect Monday evening as officers went door to door making sure registered sex offenders were in compliance with state law.

Over the last two weeks, the Tennessee Department of Corrections has spearheaded Operation Blackout. Every registered sex offender has been paid a home visit, to make sure they are in compliance.

Halloween evening more than 200 sex offenders were paid a visit in Shelby County.

"We are being visible, out in the community, knocking on doors to ensure sex offenders are in compliance with probation," said Officer Rochelle Rupert, TDOC.

Rupert said when officers stop by the homes, they are making sure those on the sex offender registry are not participating in Halloween. They are not allowed to hang decorations, have their porch light on, or hand out candy. Also, registered sex offenders have a curfew on Halloween.

"Just to ensure no children feel invited to come to the home and ask for candy," said Rupert.

"That's a great thing to do, and they are on their job," said parent Lanora Morris. Morris said knowing the officers are out and about makes her feel safer.

The fall is not the only time of year TDOC does this type of operation.

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