Cheating or dealing sex offender checks ‘everything about public safety’

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has been working to make sure everyone has a safe Halloween, checking hundreds of homes on Sunday, October 30 to make sure sex offenders aren’t opening their doors. to deceivers.

The City of Milwaukee sleight of hand took place Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. It wasn’t just the children who went door to door.

“We just want to make sure there’s no candy or anything like that,” said probation and parole officer Adrienne Brown.

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A team of probation and parole officers Adrienne Brown and Erika Smith, along with district attorney investigators Dave Dalland and Michael Sarenac, had a list of registered sex offenders to check.

They checked that nothing on the porch or anywhere else could attract a child to the doorstep.

Law enforcement checks on registered sex offenders during a sleight of hand in Milwaukee on October 30, 2022.

“The goal is ultimately that they’re supposed to be home an hour before and after the trick or treat,” said DOC field supervisor Marnie Ohrmund. “The point is just to get out and make sure they don’t participate in Halloween activities: they don’t have porch lights on, they’re not dressed for Halloween, and they don’t do anything to attract or attract children to their homes.

The dozens of law enforcement officials involved met at the Port Washington Road Correctional Building. From there, they were divided into teams. A total of 204 visits have been scheduled in the Milwaukee area.

Members of law enforcement distribute candy while guarding registered sex offenders during the Milwaukee trick or treat on Oct. 30, 2022.

“At the end of the day, we want kids to have a safe and happy Halloween, so it’s all about public safety,” Ohrmund said. “We want to make sure kids can go out and have fun today. That’s what we can do to help with that.”

Each team came equipped with their own stash of candy for the trick-or-treaters along the way.

Ohrmund said three people were arrested on Sunday. Last year, the operation led to two arrests. Officials plan to continue doing checks every year.