Clayton County prepares for safe Halloween

Clayton County, along with Georgia public safety officials, are conducting a sweep of sex offenders before kids hit the streets for Halloween.

Clayton County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Garland Watkins said the goal is to ensure a safe holiday.

"We want to make sure the sex offenders are duly watched, and the kids can go out and have a safe and happy Halloween," he said. "Parents don't have to worry about their kids being accosted by known sex offenders."

The sheriff's office, in conjunction with local police agencies, Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services, and state probations and pardons and paroles offices, is canvassing the county to verify the addresses of registered sex offenders.

Sex offenders with outstanding warrants will be arrested.

"We will be stepping up our details to monitor the whereabouts of the sex offenders in light of Halloween," said Watkins.

On Halloween, the initiative will continue as the sheriff's office and the State Probation Office in Morrow will conduct a joint detail to verify and monitor registered sex offenders at the Clayton Center, on Battle Creek Road.

"Sheriff Kem Kimbrough and the sheriff's office are very committed to making sure the holiday goes on as safely as possible," said Watkins. "We just want this to be a safe and happy Halloween for Clayton County."

Lots of children are expected to engage in traditional trick-or-treating –– walking from house to house, ringing doorbells, collecting candy. However, churches, clubs, schools and organizations throughout the area will be hosting Halloween events to curb the number of kids out making their way through neighborhoods and subdivisions.

The Clayton Sheriff's Office, local police and fire departments, the District Attorney's Office and the Clayton County Solicitor General's Office are hosting the second annual Public Safety Trunk or Treat event at the courthouse in Jonesboro.

The event will be held Monday, from 6 p.m., until 9 p.m., at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center parking lot, at 9151 Tara Blvd.

Children of all ages are welcome, but must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. There will be games, activities and treats.