This is Operation Boo’s 25th year! So the California Department of Corrections’ (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) has refocused its free, online and downloadable parent empowerment guide- Boo Tips.
Statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice show a staggering need to make parents aware that it isn’t strangers who most often molest children. The vast majority of people who sexually assault children are people well known to the child and their family.
Years ago, the main message to combat child sex abuse was about Stranger Danger. But that’s changed because, even though just one such case is too many, research shows that only a small percentage (10%) of molestation cases involves strangers abducting and abusing children. The U.S. Department of Justice says most sex-abuse against kids is committed by people they know and trust.
The information included in “Boo Tips” was compiled by various government agencies, advocacy groups and their experts.
On Halloween night, DAPO’s Special GPS Units and Parole Agents and their local law enforcement partners will conduct the traditional compliance checks on known sex offenders to make sure they’re staying away from trick-or-treaters. We’ll also have special transient sex-offender curfew centers set up where they are most needed.
DAPO has been conducting Operation Boo since 1994. Operation Boo is held statewide in California on Halloween night. Known sex offenders supervised by DAPO are monitored closely by agents to ensure that they don’t attempt to attract children to their homes. Special Conditions of Parole are imposed on sex offenders for Halloween night.
Since a significant number of sex-offenders are also homeless, special centers will be set up for Halloween Night in most regions of the state. Sex-offenders will have to report to these Transient Sex-offender Curfew Centers to abide by the Halloween night curfew under the watchful eye of law enforcement officers.
CDCR’s Communications Office will coordinate state-wide media coverage of Operation Boo with the Regional Parole Units and Public Information Officers. For more information please click on the links below.