10/28/2015 UPDATE: Trick-or-treating moved to FRIDAY, 6pm-8pm due to inclement weather expected Saturday.
In following with a change from 2014, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies will remain on patrol as necessary on Halloween night to ensure the safety of residents. Sheriff Webre said the annual Blue Light Special patrol will be extended to at least four hours, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. Every deputy assigned a Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office vehicle will patrol the streets of local neighborhoods with emergency lights activated to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters, and to remind motorists to drive slowly and exercise extreme caution as children take to the streets.
“We extended our patrol time last year after seeing an increasing trend that trick-or-treating was occurring in some areas prior to beginning our Blue Light Special, and in some cases, extending beyond our scheduled patrol time,” said Sheriff Webre. “By adopting an extended, more flexible schedule, we are ensuring families can have a safe, fun Halloween experience.”
Here are some trick-or-treating tips from our public safety partners at Smart911:
- Take a digital photo of your kids. While it’s great for the scrapbook, it’s important to have a recent and detailed description in the event of an emergency.
- Make sure you child’s costume is safe. Is the fabric fire retardant? Does their mask have proper eye, nose and mouth openings? Can they walk easily in it?
- Use a buddy system. If you are headed out with a group, make sure there is a buddy system in place. It’s easy for a child to get left behind or mixed in with other groups.
- Know who your kids are trick or treating with. Exchange phone numbers with your child’s friends and their parents. In the event of an emergency, you can notify them.
Sign up for Smart911 at www.Smart911.com to give valuable information about yourself, family members, bedroom locations, utility shut off information, and pet information that will automatically display on the 9-1-1 call taker’s screen when you dial 9-1-1.
In addition to expanded patrol efforts, deputies will also be conducting compliance check for sex offenders on Saturday. Sex offenders are restricted from wearing masks or handing out candy or gifts on a holiday such as Halloween. Deputies, therefore, will visit sex offenders in Lafourche Parish to ensure they are complying with their sentences. This will be the fifth straight year LPSO has conducted these annual compliance checks on Halloween.