Suffolk cops to monitor sex offenders around Halloween

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Suffolk County police are taking extra steps to ensure a safe Halloween for trick-or-treaters, the department said Monday.

Increased patrols, monitoring registered sex offenders and coordinating efforts with other law-enforcement agencies are part of the department's plan, according to a news release.

Special Victims Section detectives will be out in force "from now through Halloween" to interview and monitor registered sex offenders, the release said.

Additionally, the department will join with state parole, Suffolk County probation, East End town and village police departments, including Southampton, East Hampton, Southold and Riverhead, the U.S. Marshal's NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the U.S. Marshal's Sex Offender Investigation Branch, to conduct joint surveillance and monitor operations.

The plan is to "pay close attention to the holiday d├ęcor of the residence as well as conducting in-person interviews for address verification purposes and police monitoring of the designated offender," the release said.

The information obtained will then be used to perform specifically targeted surveillance operations on Halloween.

Also, officers will be deployed in unmarked units throughout residential areas to "enhance safety, help prevent property damage and discourage general mischief."

Parents are urged to monitor their children's activity on Halloween and discuss with them safety precautions and interaction with strangers.

Also, police remind parents to examine all treats before allowing their children to eat them and to report tainted treats to police immediately.

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