Leanna Cumber: Child safety measures will be in place at Halloween

One concerned politician and mother wants to assure parents that they are not being left on their own when it comes to their children’s safety on Halloween.

A recent news story relayed that the city will not be enforcing a law that requires sex offenders to put a sign on their door.

The law requiring the sign is under attack in court and city lawyers have said it will not be enforced, pending a decision.

However, City Council Member LeAnna Cumber, who has children that are 9 and 11, told Eye on Jacksonville there still is protection for the city’s children.

There are 2,518 known sex offenders in the city.

But Cumber said the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is considered “the gold standard” in Florida when it comes to monitoring sex offenders.

Police will be contacting all sex offenders to remind them of other requirements in the law. Sex offenders may not have their house lights on and cannot dress up in costume or hand out candy to children, Cumber said.

Cumber said there is also a phone app available that parents can use to locate the homes of sex offenders in their neighborhood.

Parents of course should accompany their minor children on trick-or-treat outings and examine any treats the children are given.

Lloyd Brown

Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.


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