By Darrell Todd Maurina
Clovis police say Halloween hasn’t been a major cause of trouble in Clovis in past years, and they hope this year’s holiday also will be quiet.
Unlike in other communities where crime erupts on Oct. 31, in Clovis aggressive patrolling by police officers usually succeeds in limiting crime to petty vandalism, said Capt. Leon Morris.
“Most of the time, what happens is people get their pumpkins smashed,” Morris said. “Most of the time we have extra patrols out.”
Unlike most of the surrounding communities, Clovis has designated trick-or-treat hours and publishes a list of recommendations for the safety of trick-or-treaters. Capt. Dan Blair said the designated hours — 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday — are intended to help, rather than restrict, young ghosts, goblins, and other costumed creatures of the night.
“What we do is we make a recommendation; for safety, it’s best they not be out late at night,” Blair said. “If there are no lights on at a house or people have turned off their lights, they shouldn’t go there and bother the people who live there.”
Cannon Air Force Base has established the same hours for those who want to do trick-or-treat activities in base housing or the off-base housing units of Chavez Manor and 801 Housing in Clovis or the off-base housing in Portales.
While many Clovis police will be out on extra patrol making sure the streets are safe, others will be at the police department handing out candy for trick-or-treaters. Morris said he expects about 75 to 100 children will come by the police station for a handout of candy from friendly officers.
Blair said his number one recommendation for parents is to accompany their children on trick-or-treat visits. After the close of trick-or-treat hours, Blair said the officers will be on the lookout for older revelers who may take advantage of the holiday to engage in less-wholesome activities.
“Since it’s Friday, we will also be watching for drinking and driving with the party-goers,” Blair said.