Annual Blue Light Special Planned for Halloween in Lafourche

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 child’s 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.

Annual Blue Light Special Planned for Halloween in Lafourche