Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween safety tips and extra patrols!

10-27-10 Halloween safety tips and extra patrols!
Halloween Safety Tips and Extra BPD Patrols for Safety!

We all want to keep our little ghosts and goblins safe this Halloween night! Here are some Safety tips from BPD, plus details on where extra patrols and safety resources will be Halloween night!

    Boise, Oct. 27, 2010 -  Boise Police will have full patrol teams, plus a few extra out this Sunday, Halloween night, in what's become a Halloween tradition for the department; helping to keep the evening safe for kids and families.

    Boise Police will have extra patrols earlier in the evening on Sunday at 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 three-thousand trick or treaters each year.  

    On Saturday Boise Police will also have extra patrols on alert for drunk drivers. Saturday is already a busy night for Boise's downtown entertainment district and added celebration for the holiday should keep things busy. 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.

    Early Evening Halloween (Sunday October 31st) 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, Sunday, 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 four officers assigned to assistProbation & Parole with Operation Lights Out. For more on Operation Lights Out involving registered sex offenders, please contact the Ada County Sheriff's Office or the Idaho Dept. of Corrections.   

    Saturday, (October 30th) 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 on Saturday night. The free tests are meant to educate citizens on when alcohol use becomes too much for driving.
  • Extra Downtown, Citywide Patrols:Boise Police will have full teams of officers on foot patrol and in vehicles, working the downtown entertainment area and on DUI patrol Saturday 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.

 

Release prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information