PHOENIX - The U.S. Marshals Service is once again kicking off their Operation Safe Treat initiative, aimed at ensuring convicted sex offenders on supervision are not participating in trick-or-treat activities.
This is Operation Safe Treat's sixth year in full force.
The deputies will begin their operation Thursday evening around the Valley, but if you are looking to find information about the offenders in your area, the Arizona Department of Public Safety can also help.
There are thousands of people listed on Arizona's registry of sex offenders, and a tool released by DPS can help keep you up-to-date on their whereabouts.
SEARCHABLE MAP AND DATABASE
The database allows you to search for registered sex offenders in your neighborhood and even see them on a map.
Search Arizona's Sex Offender Registry and clickable map: http://az.gov/app/sows/home.xhtml
When you search the state database, you have several options.
You are able to search by zip code or address, as well as a person's last name or electronic ID.
After narrowing your search, you will see a list (with photos if they are available) of every registered sex offender that meets your search parameters. You can then click on the offender's name to view his/her risk level and offenses.
According to DPS, the site serves as "a critical step towards encouraging the public to protect themselves from potential future acts."
The map also shows there are no demographic boundaries for sex offenders. According to DPS, sex offenders can be male or female, rich or poor, employed or unemployed and come from any race.
While there are thousands of registered sex offenders in Arizona, there are others who have not registered as required by law and hide from authorities.
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