Halloween night to prompt police presence

Williams Lake RCMP will beef up its resources for Halloween since the spooky holiday falls on a Friday.

Williams Lake RCMP will beef up its resources for Halloween since the spooky holiday falls on a Friday.

“It’s a weekend and with that comes usually more interest for adults around parties and social events that often include alcohol,” Insp. Warren Brown said. “We will make sure we have a strong presence at liquor establishments, to ensure people are safe and encourage those without a ride home are safe.”

If people know the police are out, it might also deter people from drinking and driving, he added.

Halloween night is one of the few nights in the year, other than New Year’s and other special events like the Stampede, where the detachment bolsters its presence on the road, Brown explained.

At peak hours, officers will be on the ground to ensure children and their families are safe while they are out trick-or-treating.

Because it’s dark out, the RCMP want to ensure motorists are driving safely, that children are able to cross the streets and assemble on the roadways safely, he added.

“There will be a police presence to deter any sort of dangerous driving.”

Motorists are cautioned to be vigilant and children need to make safe choices to make sure they are visible, he said.