Updated 10/31/2012 10:59 PM
Police add patrols for trick or treaters
Halloween is a night many kids and even adults are excited about. It's also a night police plan ahead for as well. Our Iris St. Meran rode along on a patrol in Camillus to see what police were doing to ensure there were more treats and no tricks.
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CAMILLUS, N.Y. -- Police patrols are part of a day's work. But Halloween night isn't your typical shift.
Camillus Police Captain Steve Rotunno said, "We have six additional patrols. So we have nine out tonight just for the Town of Camillus. And there's also the Sheriff's and the State Police out there too."
They're out there to make sure the children who are all dressed up make it to and from their homes safely. The department's safety message was sent out well ahead of the candy filled celebration.
"Each officer has a designated area and they spend a majority of their time in the neighborhoods and we have an officer that hands out candy to the kids," Rotunno added.
Detective James Nightingale was one of the officers on patrol.
"Ideally, we want to make sure the kids are being as safe as they can. That none of them are darting out into traffic or into roadways without looking,” said Nightingale.
On a couple of occasions we did see that. Nightingale used it as a teachable moment for children and their parents.
Since more people will be out and about on the streets, one of the things police patrols are making sure of is drivers staying within the speed limit.
"The roads are slick. They're slippery, they're covered with leaves,” Nightingale added. “Even the cars that are doing the speed limit, it's very difficult to stop on the dime given the weather conditions tonight."
It wasn't all work, Nightingale even spent some time with a pint size police officer.
Police also made themselves available to check candy with a metal detector if a family requested it.