Published: Nov 01, 2010 6:42 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 01, 2010 3:42 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - On Sunday, October 31, 2010, it was lights off, no decorations and no costumes for sex offenders on probation in Lee County. All 145 individuals were in compliance with the requirements as set forth in Florida law. Members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Sexual Offender/Predator Unit, Cape Coral Police Department, Fort Myers Police Department, Federal Probation and the Florida Department of Corrections participated in the special Halloween operation.

By the end of the night, officers with the Cape Coral Police Department verified 16, Fort Myers Police 7, Federal Probation 3 and deputies with the Sheriff's Office 119 sexual offenders. Meanwhile, members of the Department of Corrections monitored public Halloween events throughout Lee County. The nature of these verifications included making direct contact with the offenders and driving past their residences multiple times throughout the night.

There are 627 court designated sexual predators and offenders registered in Lee County. Citizens, parents and grandparents can stay informed on offenders or predators living in or near their neighborhoods, daycares and place of business year round. Photographs and additional information is available on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) website at http://www.fdle.state.fl.us.

Also, the Florida Offender Alert System is a free service allowing you to receive e-mail notification if an offender or predator moves close to a location you set. Information can be requested in two different ways:

1. Select an address of interest.

2. Select an offender of interest.

To sign up:

1. Visit the Lee County Sheriff’s Office website at http://www.sheriffleefl.org

2. Look under "Crime Activity"

3. Click on "SEX OFFENDER E-MAIL NOTIFICATION"

4. Follow the instructions to register your request