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Operation Scarecrow Targets Sex Offenders

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of kids will hit the streets in search of candy this weekend and police want to make sure they don't come into contact with convicted sex offenders.

It is all part of law enforcement's Operation Scarecrow.

For six years, parole and probation officers have been have been canvassing the streets and homes of convicted sex offenders making sure they're following the rules. There are approximately 1300 sex offenders in the state with 820 of them in southern Nevada.

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This Sunday, 16 officers will visit all Tier 2 and 3 sex offenders. Those offenders have committed crimes involving children and are serving probation or are under lifetime supervision.

On October 1, all those individuals were sent the list of restrictions for Halloween.

"We definitely want to eliminate any unsupervised contact or any unauthorized contact between sex offenders and children, so that's why we give them the rules of you're not allowed to have any contact, you're not able to attend any festivities, you're not able to lure in children to your residence, you're not able to have your lights on during this time of the year," said Sgt. Michele Johnson, Dept. of Parole & Probation.

Officers say most offenders are in compliance with the restrictions and if they are not, they can be sanctioned verbally or even face arrest.

Police suggest children trick or treat with their parents between the hours of 6 - 8 p.m. on Halloween night. They also recommend your children wear makeup instead of masks to keep their vision clear. Costumes shouldn't be too long and reflector strips should be attached to costumes and bags. Parents should check all candy before it is eaten.

Metro is also hosting its annual Trunk or Treat at the Northeast Area Command from 5 - 7 p.m. at 3750 Cecile, near Betty Lane and Cheyenne Ave. You can also click here for a list of Halloween events.