Longview Police offer guidelines for gathering, giving out Halloween treats
Longview, TX — Little boys and ghouls will soon be out foraging for treats. No tricks, please.
Though trick-or-treaters might see Halloween as an opportunity to be a princess or superhero for a day, law enforcement officials say the spooky holiday is one of their busiest weekends each year.
“The weekend of Halloween is definitely a high-traffic weekend for the police department,” said Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian.
This past year, police responded to about 400 calls for service and arrested 18 people during the Halloween weekend, she said, and the numbers were similar for 2009. The department generally gets from 200 to 300 calls during a weekend.
In addition to extra patrol to ensure trick-or-treaters’ safety, officers will be performing random checks on sex offenders’ homes to ensure they are staying away from Halloween festivities.
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