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U.S. Marshals go on “Trick-or-Treat” and “Scarecrow” campaigns to monitor sex offenders

By ThisIsReno

Trick or Treat 2014Over the past week and culminating on Halloween, the United States Marshals Service led Fugitive Taskforce partnered with the Department of Public Safety Division of Parole and Probation and the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) for the 8th annual “Operation Trick-or-Treat.” This year’s northern Nevada “Operation Trick or Treat” is a collaborative effort with the Division of Parole & Probation’s 10th annual “Operation Scarecrow.”

This joint effort, combining the resources of more than 20 officers from 5 law enforcement agencies, has resulted in more than 500 contacts with registered sex offenders and 5 felony arrests. These operations reflect an ongoing effort to provide enhanced safety for children who may be targeted by sexual predators and to verify local sex offender compliance with registration requirements.
“Operation Trick or Treat is a demonstration of law enforcement’s commitment to protecting the children of Nevada. We want sex offenders to know our commitment does not end with this joint operation. We have and will continue to work year-round to arrest sexual offender fugitives and ensure compliance with state and federal laws. We encourage sex offenders to comply with legal registration requirements in order to avoid arrest and prosecution,” said District of Nevada, U.S. Marshal Christopher Hoye.

The Northern Nevada Fugitive Taskforce, led by the U.S. Marshals Service, is a partnership comprised of investigators from the United States Marshals Service, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Department of Public Safety (Probation & Parole), Sparks Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms (ATF). The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) is comprised of the Sparks Police Department, Reno Police Department, and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

SOURCE: U.S. Marshals.

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