Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, October 30, 2006

Halloween Safety & Patrols

Halloween Safety & Patrols

Boise, Oct, 30, 2006 - Boise Police will have extra patrols out Halloween night hoping to make the evening safe - not scary - for little ghosts and goblins.

Boise Police will focus on what are traditionally the busiest streets in the city for trick or treaters; Harrison Blvd. and Warm Springs. Residents on Harrison tell officers they usually see more than two-thousand trick or treaters last year.   

  • Harrison Blvd: The Boise Police Mobile Substation will park at Harrison and Resseguie 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31st.  Contact: Officer Cameron Becker.
  •  Warm Springs Blvd: A Boise Police Expedition (a large, marked patrol vehicle) will be parked on Warm springs near East Junior High from approx. 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. Contact: Officer Jermaine Galloway.
  • Boise Towne Square Mall: Officers will staff a Public Safety Exhibit at the Boise Towne Square Mall near Dillards, from 4:00 to approx. 9:00 p.m.

    Officers have found the Substation and extra patrol cars remind motorists to watch their speed.

    Officers will also be available at each location to hand out candy to trick or treaters and answer any public safety questions.

    Boise Police have also assigned 2 officers  to work with the Ada County Sheriff's Office and Probation & Parole on Operation Lights Out. For more on Operation Lights Out involving registered sex offenders, please contact Lt. Scott Johnson at the media relations office for the ACSO at 577-3311.

Halloween Safety Tips:

• Have children wear costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping.

• Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.

• Avoid using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props are used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.

• Confine, segregate or otherwise prepare household pets for an evening of frightful sights and sounds. Be sure that all dogs and cats are wearing collars and proper identification tags.

• Motorists should remain cautious and drive slowly. Adult party-goers should have a designated driver.

• Always walk. Never run across a street.

• Law Enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.