(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Halloween is finally here and while kids are knocking on doors for candy, Buchanan County law enforcement will be knocking on doors to check on registered sex offenders.
Since 2010 Missouri law enforcement officers have been going out on Halloween to insure sex offenders are remaining compliant with state statute. Missouri state statute requires all registered sex offenders to remain indoors between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on October 31 with all outdoor lights turned off and a 'no candy' sign posted for trick-or-treaters and their parents.
Buchanan County Criminal Investigator Kenneth Shryock says the law is only in effect for one night a year, but plays a big role in keeping kids safe during Halloween.
“Tonight we are going to be checking registered sex offenders in Buchanan County. There are approximately 288 offenders that will be checked. We are going to be checking them for their compliance with the state statute," said Shryock.