Police hand out candy instead of tickets for Halloween patrol

Monsters crept and superheroes flew along neighborhood streets Halloween night but they were not the only ones digging for candy.

Posted: Nov 1, 2017 8:18 AM
Updated: Nov 1, 2017 10:12 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Monsters crept and superheroes flew along neighborhood streets Halloween night but they were not the only ones digging for candy.


About twenty additional Terre Haute police officers participated in a special patrol.
THPD Sergeant Denzil Lewis says he balances his time interacting with kids in costumes and passing out candy with watching for those with bad intentions.
"Just keep an alert eye out for kids who may be out to cause problems, vandalism, and of course for adults who might be out in the community as well to do harm."
Mom Brandi Fielding says she uses caution escorting her children door-to-door. She dressed one daughter as a pretty pink butterfly and her youngest as a cute caterpillar. She says she likes seeing the increased police presence.
"You have so many kids out and so much traffic it kind of puts parents at peace that kids are safer in these neighborhoods. There's so many people out. People who don't live in the neighborhoods come out to these. It's nice to see them out here. It really makes me feel safe."
Officer Lewis says, “We interact with the younger children in a way we’re not able to on a daily basis.”
Lewis adds he rarely encounters any issues out on this special patrol.

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