LAKE CHARLES — Before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in the area.
It is critical that residents “Know Before You Go” this Halloween. Sheriff Mancuso advises parents to go to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com and click on the Sex Offender Watch tab.
Parents can quickly search for offenders in their area using this database. Simply enter your home address to view a printable map of your neighborhood and any offenders in the surrounding area.
“If you aren’t planning on Trick-or-Treating in your own neighborhood, but will be in a different neighborhood, you can also search that address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid,” Mancuso said.
While you are on the website, Mancuso encourages you to take one extra step and register for the site’s free e-mail alerts. “You can enter your home, school, or grandparents’ addresses to receive real-time e-mail notifications any time an offender moves within two miles of any address you register,” he said.
The alerts are in real-time and sent out via email as soon as an offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office.
There is no cost of this service to the public, and no limit to the number of addresses you can register. Your email address and physical addresses are all confidential. With these resources available, Mancuso said parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween.
During actual trick-or-treating hours on Halloween Day, CPSO Sex Offender Unit and Warrants Division will be monitoring offenders, assuring they are adhering to the restrictions and requirements.