Patrolling to keep the streets safe on Halloween

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some Buffalo residents have different people knocking on their doors tonight – the police.

“We’re visiting every single sex offender tonight,” said Officer Thomas deGal who is the Senior Parole Officer in Buffalo. “Everyone knows that if you act out, tonight is not the night to do it.”

The State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision started Operation: Halloween ten years ago.

“We’re always looking at ways to supervise our parolees better,” said Officer deGal. “This was a more effective way to have each parolee who is on a sex offender case load to have them visited.”

“It will keep us safer and keep us in check,” said Jeffrey Sikora, who is one of the sex offenders deGal checked in on during Halloween.

Sikora and others out on parole has stipulations they must follow on Halloween night – no dressing up, no decorating and they must stay home.

“It is what it is,” said Sikora who has been on parole for longer than a year. “I put myself in this and I have to get myself out. I did things that are wrong and I have to pay for my penalties and hopefully I will learn from this.”

“The biggest benefit is that there wouldn’t be any new victims,” said Officer deGal. “We feel community safety is of the utmost importance and most paramount thing we do with the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. “We cannot tolerate anybody acting outside the rules of parole and if they do there are severe consequences.”

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