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Oxford Police Department Announces Halloween Plan

Oxford police officers dressed up for Halloween and visited the children in Oxford School District!  Photo courtesy Facebook
Oxford police officers dressed up for Halloween and visited the children in Oxford School District!
Photo courtesy Facebook

Halloween is this Saturday, October 31, and the Oxford Police Department wants everyone to have a fun, but to keep in mind safety tips while trick-or-treating.

“Children will be trick-or-treating and walking through neighborhoods so we want to emphasize pedestrian safety, as well as driver safety,” Chief Joey East said. “Please drive slowly and be extra vigilant.”

Extra officers will be on patrol to keep pedestrians and drivers safe. A patrol unit will be driving up and down North and South Lamar with blue lights flashing to keep traffic from going too fast and to remind drivers to be cautious of pedestrians.

Additionally, there will be foot patrol walking along North and South Lamar to make things safer for the trick-or-treaters.

The Oxford Police Department will also be participating in the Halloween Spooktacular Safe Stop event from 6:30- 9 p.m. on the Courthouse Lawn. They will be giving away candy and safety items to trick-or-treaters. The event is free to the public and coordinated by Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi.

We would suggest parents use their best judgment when taking their children out to trick-or-treat and keep an eye out for the perilous weather. Updates can be found on the National Weather Service website: www.weather.gov.

The Oxford Police Department would recommend the following safety tips for a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience:

  • Wear reflective clothing or attach reflective stripes to costumes
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Parents escort your children around neighborhoods and encourage them to WALK, not run
  • Remember the visual obstruction masks can cause to the wearer, face paint is a good alternative
  • Always stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks when crossing the street
  • If sidewalks are not available stay on the edge of the road and walk facing traffic
  • Drivers please stay alert and use extra caution when driving through popular trick or treating areas

 

For more information, follow us on Twitter @OxfordPolice and Facebook or call the Oxford Police Department at 662-232-2400.

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