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For Immediate Release

Contact:
October 28, 2016 Felix Serrano, Senior Inspector
District of Nevada (702) 388-6139
Operation Trick-or-Treat 2016, Keeping Kids Safe

Clark County, NV - In an ongoing effort to make Halloween safer for the children in our communities, the U.S. Marshals and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are conducting “Operation Trick-or-Treat”, a three day joint law enforcement operation in Clark County, to ensure sex offenders are in compliance with their sex offender registration requirements. This is the tenth straight year the U.S. Marshals have spearheaded this important operation. We expect to conduct over 200 compliance checks in Clark County.

This is not a one-time operation, the U.S. Marshals and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are conducting this operation in a concerted effort to specifically make the streets as safe as possible for Halloween. However, throughout the entire year the U.S. Marshals and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department aggressively pursue the arrest of sex offender fugitives and registration compliance of those convicted sex offenders living in Nevada.

Towards this important goal, in 2016 the U.S. Marshals and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have teamed up and arrested 45 individuals for sex related crimes or registration compliance violations, and conducted over 2400 sex offender registration compliance checks.

In addition to this important sex offender apprehension mission, the U.S. Marshals in Nevada every day pursue the worst of the worst fugitives. The U.S. Marshals effectively leverage the expertise and abilities of federal, state, county, and city law enforcement agencies and so far this year have arrested approximately over 350 fugitives wanted for drugs, gang, sex and other violence related crimes

The U.S. Marshals and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will follow up and initiate investigations towards the goal of prosecuting the local non-compliant sex offenders. The U.S.Marshals
will also initiate federal investigations towards the goal of prosecuting the non-compliant sex offenders who have crossed state lines.

U.S. Marshal Christopher Hoye added, “Operation Trick-or-Treat is a demonstration of law enforcement’s commitment to protecting our children in Nevada. We want the sex offenders to know our commitment does not end with this joint operation. We will continue to work year round to arrest sex offender fugitives and to ensure compliance with existing registration requirements. We strongly encourage local sex offenders to properly register to avoid arrest and prosecution.”

Operation Trick-or-Treat Task Force partners and Nevada Child Seekers want sex offenders to know that law enforcement will be out in force the week of Halloween to protect our children in Nevada. They also want parents to know there are several ways to keep their children safe on Halloween. Law enforcement is on their side, but they can also follow a few of these tips;

  • Don’t allow children to go trick-or-treating alone.
  • Children should never go into homes without the permission of their parents, remember the “Always Ask First Rule.”
  • Teach Children to “Shout Out Load” and scream if someone tries to grab them.
  • Children should tell their parents if someone tries to offer them special treats.

Nevada Child Seekers is a non-profit organization created in 1985 by the community leaders dedicated to locating and advocating on behalf of missing, abducted and runaway children. Nevada Child Seekers offers liaison services to family and law enforcement, abduction prevention education and volunteer opportunities that promote the safety of children in our communities. For further information about Nevada Child Seekers, please visit www.nevadachildseekers.org

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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