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Operation brings awareness to sex offenders in CA, here's who's in your neighborhood

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A statewide operation revealed 110 sex offenders who were arrested across California were in violation of their parole Halloween night.

Between the cities of Anderson and Redding, three parolees were arrested as part of the statewide operation, called "Operation Boo."

It took the collaboration of local law enforcement to check on each sex offender parolee. KRCR went on a ride-along with Anderson Police to find out Halloween is not the only time police are checking up on offenders and potential predators.

"We want to make sure that they are abiding by their rules, make sure they are living where they're supposed to be living and from there just as much as we can," Officer Michael Hallagan with the Anderson Police Department said.

Statewide, 30 sex offender parolees were found with child pornography, 13 with weapons and eight of the sex offender parolees contacted had new charges filed against them.

So what's the best way to get informed on potential predators in your neighborhood?

Here's a breakdown of the Government website called, "California Megan's Law." You can search by city or a specific address.

Offenders are color coded by their most recent offense, showing those in violation in red and those considered violent predators in yellow.

If you want to put a face to who you should be looking out for, most offenders have their mugshots attached to the information as well.

Police say they encourage communities to stay informed. Hallagan said they perform compliance checks on sex offender parolees as often as they can.

"Many of them have conditions where they can't allow trick-or-treaters to come to their door, can't decorate their houses for trick-or-treaters or Halloween, and a lot of them have no contact with children clauses," Hallagan added.

Police say sex offender parolees who were caught passing out candy to children on Halloween were arrested.

A total of 1,252 offenders were contacted through the statewide compliance checks this Halloween.

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