WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — As kids were out trick-or-treating on Halloween night, local law enforcement was also out making sure the community was safe.
Each year, on Halloween, the Department of Corrections teams up with the Wausau Police Department to conduct home visits with active sex offenders.
Sex offenders are required to be in their home one hour before trick-or-treating hours. They’re also required to stay inside until one hour after.
“They’re not allowed to have their porch light on and they’re not allowed to decorate inside or outside their home for Halloween,” Parole Agent Tina Perkofski, of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections said.
Perkofski said if the offenders were not in compliance, it was likely they would be arrested.
“It’s nice to be able to ensure kids and people in the community are safe as well as meeting some of these people you normally don’t meet on a day to day basis and building a bit of a rapport with them,” Officer Aaron Karlen, of the Wausau Police Department said.
According to the D.O.C., there are 214 active sex offender registrants in Marathon County.