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Annually U.S. Marshals host “Operation Safe Treat”.
It's a three day event that normally happens before Halloween to make sure sex offender’s remain within their guidelines, while families are out Trick-Or-Treating.
A U.S. Marshal says, “sex offender’s cannot participate in the holiday. There are certain restrictions that they have based on their sex offender tier as to whether or not they can have decorations out.”
U.S. Marshals along with local partner's in Yuma perform about 200 checks per year during this event.
A U.S. Marshal says, “a check consist of our teams going up to their door, making that face to face contact with the sex offender and checking their identification and making sure it is up to date. If they are not in compliance with their regulations what we'll do is give them notification and they have certain guidelines on how long they have to update their identification and where they are residing at.”
Authorities don't always make contact with the sex offender at every residence they visit.
A U.S. Marshal says, “if we don't find them at the address that they are registered at the U.S. Marshals and our local partner's do an investigation, track these guys down and if needed file extra charges against them.”
State and local partner's check up on offender’s several times throughout the year.
Operation safe treat is not the only time checks are performed.