By Brian Livingston / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
Extra police officers will be out in Meridian to provide safety while little ghouls and goblins make the rounds collecting candy or giving out tricks.
Meridian Police Department Chief James Reed said in a press release that tonight personnel from DART, Direct Action Response Team, and reserve officers will augment the normal patrol force and provide traffic safety assistance and add to security measures in areas that see high numbers of young trick or treaters such as Eagle Pointe.
"For any event involving children, their safety is top priority," said Reed. "In addition to the normal compliment of officers already working, this will put more officers on the streets."
The times in which the ghouls and goblins can take part in Halloween are from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Reed said no one over the age of 12 can wear a mask.
Reed said parents are reminded to make sure their children are escorted by a responsible adult at all times. He said parents should know the houses, neighborhoods and other areas where they take their children to trick or treat and to make sure the parents check the candy, fruit and other treats their children collect prior to it being consumed.
If any suspicious activity is observed, parents are encouraged to immediately contact 911, Crime Stoppers at (601) 485-1860, or the MPD at (601) 485-1893.