EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPolice Step up Patrols For Halloween
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Reported by: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 30, 2013 5:17 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013 10:34 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Thursday was an eventful night for the kids. Trick-or-treaters filled the streets everywhere.
But to make sure everyone was safe, Kanawha County deputies upped their patrols.
Deputies responded to some reports of vandalism in Cabin Creek, and a pedestrian was hit on Charleston’s West Side.
But deputies were out earlier Thursday evening, making sure out trick-or-treaters stayed safe.
More than 30 deputies were out for Trick-or-Treat, focusing their attention on areas known for some trouble on Halloween.
"We've patrolled these historically-known areas, and been able to flood the areas with officers,” Cpt. Sean Crosier, of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, said. “We have marked cars. We have unmarked cars. We have people that are going to be on foot."
For the past several years, deputies have upped their patrols, bringing in extra help to ensure the safety of everyone, a move that is appreciated by trick-or-treaters and parents.
“We'll know that we're safe and nobody will try kidnapping us while we're on the streets," Hayden Henderson, of Malden, said.
And while the trick-or-treaters gather their goodies, deputies made sure they returned home with their parents to enjoy their treats.
"Being able to see us out puts them at ease,” Cpt. Sean Crosier, of the Kanawha Sheriff’s Office, said. “They know that we're looking out for their safety, their children’s safety"
Deputies were also watching out for vandals.
Crosier said deputies will continue to patrol the county throughout the night, not just until trick-or-treat is over.
Police are stepping up safety patrols for Halloween across the area.
Several law enforcement agencies throughout the region will be out in force starting Wednesday night and running through Saturday.
Police said they are on a zero tolerance policy and promise to arrest anyone breaking the law.
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