Sheriff Danny Hickman said his office had been conducting “Operation Safe Scare” in the days leading up to Halloween. Deputies with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department teamed up with Diamond City /Lead Hill Police Department, Department of Community Corrections Probation and Parole, Bergman Police Department and the 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force and support from the U.S. Marshall’s Service in verifying the addresses of Registered Sex Offenders who reside in Boone County. Sheriff Hickman said invitations were sent to many local agencies but not all chose to participate. The verification process was directed to those Registered Sex Offenders who live outside the city of Harrison and are supervised by the Sheriff’s Department.
Hickman said there are over 80 registered Sex Offenders living in the county and as of Tuesday morning over 90 percent of them had been contacted and found to be in compliance with registration requirements. Two arrests were made during the operation and three investigations opened for suspected non-compliance with registration requirements. Hickman said the rules for registered Sex Offenders are very clear and any violations of those rules would result in criminal charges.
“The effort was timed immediately before Halloween to let the offenders know we are vigilant in our efforts to protect our communities, especially the children” Hickman said. Offenders were encouraged to leave their exterior lights off on Halloween to discourage trick-or-treaters. They were also provided with a sign to display on their house telling children no candy was available. Hickman said “We can’t require them to put the sign up, but we can certainly encourage them.”
Sheriff Hickman further wants to personally thank the other participating agencies for their assistance and teamwork in this operation.