Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

10-29-08 Happy Halloween Patrols & Safety Tips

10-29-08 Happy Halloween Patrols & Safety Tips

    Boise, Oct. 29, 2008 -  Boise Police will have full patrol teams, plus a few extra, out Halloween night, in what's become a Halloween tradition for the department; hoping to make the evening safe for little ghosts, goblins and their families.

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

    "With so many children and families in these particular areas, we hope our presence is a big deterrent to anyone even thinking about doing anything that could risk these family's safety," said Lt. Dave Adams, Boise Police Patrol Watch Commander.

    "We've found that extra police patrols remind motorists to slow down around trick or treaters, we remind the kids to watch their basic safety rules like not running into the streets, and should we be needed with the large crowds, we'll be very close for a very quick response." said lt. Adams.

    Early Evening Halloween Patrols:

  • Harrison Blvd: The Boise Police Mobile Substation will be parked at Harrison and Resseguie from approx. 5:30 p.m. to approx. 10:00 p.m. on Halloween, Friday, October 31st. Officers manning the substation will also be handing out candy to passing trick-or-treaters.
  • Warm Springs Blvd: Boise Police will have an extra patrol officer assigned to cruise Warm Springs Blvd. monitoring both pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
  • RSO's - Boise Police have eight officers assigned to work with Probation & Parole on Operation Lights Out. For more on Operation Lights Out involving registered sex offenders, please contact Andrea Dearden with the Ada County Sheriff's Office at 577-3311, or Jeff Ray at the media relations office for the Idaho Dept. of Corrections at 658-2141.   

    Friday, Halloween Night Patrols:

    Boise Police will have full teams of officers working the downtown entertainment area, and on DUI patrol Friday night. Double patrol teams are regularly scheduled for Friday nights. With full teams, that means more than 50 officers will be available and on patrol in Boise City, making sure Halloween is a safe celebration for all.

Halloween Safety Tips:

  • Parents should accompany their children and carry a flashlight for safety and visibility.

    • 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.

    • Always walk. Never run across a street.

    • 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.

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