Boise, Oct. 27, 2008 - Boise Police will have full patrol teams, plus a few extra out this Saturday, 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 have extra patrols earlier in the evening 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.
Boise Police will also have extra patrols on alert for drunk drivers, with assistance from Idaho State Police and the Ada County Sheriff's Office. Saturday is already a busy night for Boise's downtown entertainment district. This year with both Halloween and a Boise Sate Football game falling on Saturday, officers do expect large crowds celebrating downtown.
Extra police patrols are meant to deter dangerous driving and behavior, and to keep those who chose to engage in dangerous behavior off the streets.
"This year, not only is Halloween on Saturday for the first time since 1998, but BSU will be playing a home football game as well." said Lt. Dave Adams of the Boise Police Patrol Division.
"Thousands of BSU fans will be heading home just about the time little trick or treaters start hitting the streets. We're urging motorists to be extra vigilant around the little ghosts and super hereos in all neighborhoods." 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, Saturday, 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 six officers assigned to assist Probation & Parole with 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.
Saturday, Halloween Night Patrols:
- Free Breathalyzer tests: The Boise Police Mobile Substation will be parked downtown at 6th & Main Streets from approx. 10:30 until approx 2:00 a.m. offering free breathalyzer tests to citizens. The free tests are meant to educate citizens on when alcohol use becomes too much for driving.
- Extra Downtown, Citywide Patrols: Boise Police, with assistance from ACSO and ISP, will have full teams of officers on foot patrol and in vehicl.es, working the downtown entertainment area and on DUI patrol Saturday night. Double patrol teams are regularly scheduled for Saturday nights. With full teams, that means more than 50 officers will be available for calls and on patrol in Boise City Halloween night.
Halloween Safety Check List:
- First and foremost, 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.