Ed Day, Rockland County Executive
October 20, 2016
Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications
Office of the County Executive (845) 638-5645
Rockland Again Takes Steps to Further Restrict Sex Offenders on Halloween
NEW CITY, NY — Halloween and the night before are a time when children are out and about often after dark and sometimes interacting with people they don't know well.
The Rockland County Probation Department wants residents to know that special measures are put into place every year before Halloween to prevent registered sex offenders from coming into contact with children.
Rockland County supervises 67 offenders who have been convicted of sexually motivated crimes. Many, but not all, involved crimes that require them to be listed on the sex offender registry, according to Kathleen Tower-Bernstein, director of the Rockland County Department of Probation.
"We have special measures in place for both Gate Night, the night before Halloween, and on Halloween to restrict sex offenders," she said.
The county has enforced special rules for Halloween for more than 10 years, according to Tower-Bernstein.
All sex offenders followed by the probation departments are given a contract for those two days, Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, that includes curfews. They are also prohibited from engaging in any Halloween-related activities, including opening doors for trick-or-treaters or accompanying children to trick-or-treat.
Probation officers, in conjunction with the Rockland County Sheriff's Department, will be conducting compliance checks.
"Anyone found to be in violation of their contract will be returned to court for further action," Tower-Bernstein said.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day reminds parents that they should supervise their children and also teach them how to be aware of potentially dangerous situations.
"We want kids to have fun on Halloween, which can happen as long as parents and children use common sense," he said. "Our probation and law enforcement officers are doing their part to minimize the risks."