Georgia Sheriff’s Office Is Placing ‘No Trick-Or-Treat’ Signs In Sex Offender’s Yards [Video]
In Georgia, the Sheriff's Department has started placing "No Trick Or Treat" yard signs in front of registered sex offenders houses to help keep kids safe this Halloween.
Sheriff Gary Long tells 9news.com that traditionally organizers in Butts County, Ga held a huge annual Halloween on the square even that would draw thousands of children. This year, the event will not be taking place, so children will be headed out in droves trick-or-treating in neighborhoods. Because of this, Sheriff Long says he's decided to place these "No Trick-Or-Treat" yard signs around his County to warn kids and parents of sex offenders.
From 9news.com -
"Georgia law is very, very clear. It doesn’t say that the sheriff can or the sheriff may. It says the sheriff shall and it says that the sheriff shall, in fact, notify each community of the presence of sex offenders."
Instead of putting signs on offenders doors as the department has done in the past, Sheriff Long says he decided to place them in the yard where everyone can see them.
Sheriff Long tells 9news.com there are some sex offenders that are not happy with these signs, but "I’m not in the business of making them happy. I’m in the business of keeping safe communities and making sure that our children are protected."