Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies will be joining trick-or-treaters on Halloween again this year as part of the annual Blue Light Special patrol. On Wednesday, October 31, every deputy assigned a unit (vehicle) will patrol the streets of Lafourche Parish from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to remind motorists to drive slowly and exercise caution as children take to the streets for trick-or-treating.
The Blue Light Special is designed to protect the youth of Lafourche Parish. In 2011, Sheriff Webre added a new feature: a compliance check for sex offenders. During this special patrol, deputies will visit each of the Tier 3 sex offenders those who have been convicted of a sex crime of the highest degree. As part of their sentences, they are restricted from wearing masks or handing out candy/gifts on Halloween or any other holiday for which candy/gifts are distributed. In 2011, Sheriff Webre reported 100 percent of Tier 3 sex offenders were in compliance. Parents can visit www.lpso.net to check for sex offenders in a neighborhood.
Through extra patrols and sex offender checks on Halloween, we hope to give parents peace of mind when either taking their kids out for trick-or-treating or entrusting their children to the care of another, said Sheriff Webre. We hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween.
To that end, Sheriff Webre offers these safety tips for a happy Halloween:
Never trick-or-treat alone. Adults should accompany children to the door of each home, ensuring they are familiar with each person from which the children receive treats.
Plan costumes and accessories that are bright, reflective, fit well and are flame-resistant. For greater visibility, add reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags, and use flashlights.
Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
Secure emergency information (name, address, phone number) discreetly within a childs costume or on a bracelet.
Make sure children are able to see and breathe properly and easily when using facial masks, and consider using non-toxic makeup as an alternative to masks.
Clear pathways on your porch and walkway to avoid trips and falls.
Teach children to stay alert for any suspicious activity and report it immediately to a parent, guardian and/or the proper authority.
As an alternative to trick-or-treating, consider organizing or attending parties at home, in schools, or in community centers.