If you think you noticed more police on the streets in DeWitt this week, you'd be right. The department increases its patrols on a night like Halloween. Our Iris St. Meran went along for the ride as officers made sure there were no tricks and more treats.
DEWITT, N.Y. -- Patrolling the streets in and around DeWitt are all in a day's work for Officer Edward Mason. But on October 31st, his job is especially important because more people, particularly children, are out.
"To make sure that the children and families that are trick-or-treating tonight are going to be safe as possible and do everything we can to make sure they feel good about being out in the neighborhoods," Mason explained.
I joined him on patrols. On night like Halloween, he says he's looking for suspicious people, reckless drivers and making sure children aren't running out in the street. Mason says just seeing a police car or officer on the street is usually a deterrent for that kind of behavior.
Mason said, "The more we're just in the neighborhoods, just driving around, it makes it much less likely people are out doing goofy things."
Mason, a father himself, says his favorite part is getting out of the car and interacting with everyone in the neighborhood.
Although his job can involve some difficult situations, an assignment like Halloween is pretty sweet because he also passed out candy to children while on patrols.
So putting a smile on someone's face is also part of the job too.