Law enforcement extra vigilant in protecting community during Halloween

As children go door to door Trick-or-Treating this year, residents in both Polk and Haralson counties can rest assured that local law enforcement have taken extra steps to ensure the safety of our youth.

All law enforcement agencies within the Tallapoosa Judicial Court System met today at the Polk County Emergency Management Building in Cedartown to discuss safety of the community during Halloween.

“Halloween and trick-or-treat  has always been a time of extra caution with all law enforcement,” Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome said. “This year, we met in order to ensure that we are all keeping an eye on sex offenders during this time.”

Newsome said representatives from the Department of Community Supervision (formerly the Department of Probation and the State Board of Pardon and Paroles), the Bremen Police Department, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Haralson County Sheriff’s Office, the Cedartown Police Department, the Rockmart Police Department, the Polk County Police Department, the Aragon Police Department, the Tallapoosa Police Department, the Office of the District Attorney and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation participated in the meeting.

“We gathered to identify and make sure we all knew who the sex offenders in our jurisdictions are and who our highest risks are based on their past offenses. A list of sex offenders was distributed to the group, according to jurisdiction, and all chiefs committed to making personal checks on each and every one during Halloween,” Newsome said. “Every one of us gathered today, and every officer in our respective departments, are dedicated to making sure that everyone has a safe Halloween.”