Lake Charles –
Did you know currently there are 400 sex offenders in Calcasieu Parish? There is no such thing as a "typical" sex offender. Sex offenders come from all backgrounds, ages, income levels, and professions and children are particularly vulnerable to sex offenders.
So before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Sheriff Mancuso wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in your area.
It is critical that you “Know Before You Go” this Halloween.” Sheriff Mancuso advises parents to go to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com and click on the Sex Offender Watch tab. Parents can quickly search for offenders in their area using this database. Simply enter your home address to view a printable map of your neighborhood and any offenders in the surrounding area. If you aren’t planning on Trick-or-Treating in your own neighborhood, but will be in a different neighborhood, search that address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid,” says Sheriff Mancuso.
While you are on the website, Sheriff Mancuso encourages you to take one extra step and register for the site’s free e-mail alerts. “You can enter your home, school, or grandparents’ addresses to receive real-time e-mail notifications any time an offender moves within two miles of any address you register,” says Sheriff Mancuso. The alerts are in real-time and sent out via email as soon as an offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office.
There is no cost of this service to the public, and no limit to the number of addresses you can register. Your email address and physical addresses are all confidential. With these resources available, Sheriff Mancuso says parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween.
During actual trick-or-treating hours on Halloween Day, CPSO Sex Offender Unit and Warrants Division of the Sheriff’s Office will be monitoring offenders, assuring they are adhering to the restrictions and requirements.