Sheriff urges Halloween safety, warns against sex offenders
By Dwayne Bremer
Oct 31, 2013, 12:49
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said Tuesday that his deputies will be out in force Thursday evening, making sure Halloween is safe for everyone and keeping an eye on registered sex offenders.
There are currently 83 registered sex offenders in Hancock County.
Adam said his office cannot legally tell the sex offenders not to give out candy to children, but he can ask the public to be aware of where they live.
All sex offenders in the state of Mississippi must register with the sheriff's office in their respective county once they are released from jail.
The registry can be viewed online at www.state.sor.dps.ms.gov.
"We have sex offenders in every community of the county," Adam said. "Our main goal is safety. We urge residents to know where the sex offenders live. We cannot check on all 83, but we will choose some randomly and go to their home and ask them to turn their lights off."
In addition to monitoring sex offenders, Adam said his deputies will be providing extra patrol for high volume trick-or-treat areas and looking for drunk drivers.
"We want the public to be safe this Halloween," Adam said. "If anyone out there is endangering the public, we will be looking for them."