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Henderson Police Officers to be on Patrol and Heavily Armed with Trick-or-Treat Candy on Halloween Trick-or-Treat Candy on Halloween

October 30, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

PLEASE CONTACT KEITH PAUL, (702) 267-4510

Henderson, Nev. – Kids dressed up for Halloween may find that Henderson Police officers have some extra equipment in patrol cars this year – candy!

Officers will be handing out candy to kids on Thursday as they patrol neighborhoods. They will be handing out treats on Halloween from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., the announced trick-or-treating hours.

Uniformed officers, when not responding to calls, will park their marked patrol cars in the neighborhoods, turn on the emergency lights and hand out treats. Albertsons, Costco, Target and Walmart donated candy to Henderson Police for officers to hand out this Halloween.

“It will be a good way for children and their parents to interact with the officers and get to know the officers who help keep their community safe,” Police Chief Patrick Moers said. “We are all part of the community and this is a fun way for the officers to help keep Halloween safe.”

While officers hand out candy and talk with residents, their presence will also get motorists in the area to slow down to help prevent any tragedies.

Henderson Police Corrections Officers and staff will also be getting into the Halloween spirit. Treats will be handed out to children of visitors at the Henderson Detention Center on Halloween. Officers and staff will hand out candy to children during visiting hours: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children can wear costumes, but they must be appropriate and still follow the facility dress code.

The goal of the Henderson Police Department is to ensure that everyone has a fun and safe Halloween. Injury rates for children aged 10 to 14 are higher on Halloween than on any other holiday, according to a 2010 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Henderson Police and other area officers will be out on Halloween and over the weekend looking for impaired drivers. Last year there were no fatal accidents in the state on Halloween.

Some tips to make sure your trick-or-treaters have a good Halloween:

  • Use makeup instead of masks so that your child’s vision is not blocked.
  • Make sure costumes are not too long, to prevent your child from tripping.
  •  Attach reflector strips to costumes and bags, and make sure your trick-or-treaters carry glow sticks and flashlights.
  • Remind your children not to eat any treats until they have returned home.
  • Check all treats at home and dispose of anything that is no longer sealed or not in factory wrapping.
  • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activities to the Police Department.
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

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