Public safety stressed for holiday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer

Local law enforcement is preparing for Halloween and will be out in force Friday night.

City and county plans to conduct DWI saturation patrols.

“(Residents) will definitely see more officers than normal,” Capt. Patrick Whitney said, explaining the patrol will be from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

“We strongly encourage the use of designated drivers or for persons to make arrangements in advance for alternate transportation,” Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said.

In addition to patrolling for intoxicated drivers in the county, deputies will also be monitoring registered sex offenders while trick-or-treating is going on to be sure they are adhering to the conditions imposed on them by law.

“We encourage parents to research sex offenders that reside in the areas where they will be taking their children to trick-or-treat,” he said.

Offender data is available at the Department of Public Safety’s web site, www.dps.nm.org, and can be searched by name, zip code, city, county or address, he said.

This year there has not been much in the way of juvenile crime leading up to the holiday as in years past, Whitney said, but typical shenanigans Halloween night include pumpkin smashing and treat bag snatching,

Trick-or-treating has also changed over the years, Whitney said, with more people attending organized events and staying in areas where they know people or are familiar.

“People just need to be safe,” he said.

Trick-or-treat tips

• Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult

• Never trick or treat alone, trick-or-treat with at least two people

• Be very cautious of strangers

• Carry a flashlight

• Children should never eat candy until their parents have inspected it

Source: Larry Roybal, Clovis Fire Department