Police staffs extra officers to decrease criminal activity

With today being Halloween, there are many people who feel the need to egg cars and toilet paper people’s houses around the Huntsville community. Officer Kevin Morris of the University Police Department said there would be a full load of officers working the night shift on tonight to decrease the criminal activity. “We have the Foot Portal Program, which are a group of students that provide escorts and help be our eyes and ears around campus,” said Morris. Last year, there were only two arrests made by UPD on Halloween. One subject was taken into custody for carrying an illegal weapon in a parking lot. The other subject was arrested during a traffic stop and was charged with “Driving Under the Influence-Minor”, “Minor in Possession of Alcohol” and “Open Alcohol Container in Motor Vehicle”. Sgt. David May of the Huntsville Police Department said HPD, too, would fully staff on Halloween night. There will be two officers from 4:30-7:30 pm. on duty for the ‘”Scare on the Square”, an event for the children of Huntsville to trick-or-treat in the square. May said this year there are no special precautions to look for besides the standard ones: be careful and watch out for kids trick or treating. For students who have children and are concerned about the candy their children may receive while trick-or-treating, the Surgery Center on Interstate 45 will be X-raying candy for free from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In case of emergencies, contact the Poison Control Center at 1-800-764-7661. For more information, contact University Police Department at 294-1794 or the Huntsville Police Department at 291-5480.

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