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Police: Safety comes first on Halloween

Craig Police Department amps up patrol officers

Joshua Roberts

With hundreds of kids out trick-or-treating tonight, the Craig Police Department is set to bolster the number of officers on duty.

The primary goal for the Police Department on Halloween is simple, Police Department Captain Jerry DeLong said.

“Making sure the kids are safe,” he said, adding that patrols would center on high-traffic trick-or-treating areas.

“We’ll try to get downtown and at the mall with the officers. A lot of that depends on calls for service.”

Officers on duty today also will concentrate on making sure children safely cross the street from Victory Way into the 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue.

Increasing the number of officers on duty is nothing new for the Police Department.

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DeLong said police typically “staff up” on holidays and events, especially those that fall on a weekend.

“We’re going to be staffed a little heavier,” he said. “I think whenever you have any event that falls on a weekend, you’re going to have more people out.”

The Police Department also hopes a trend that began last Halloween carries over to this year.

Last year’s call log revealed no incidents of vandalism, DeLong said.

Charlene Abdella, Moffat County undersheriff, said the Sheriff’s Office will operate under normal standards today and be patrolling the jurisdiction as usual.

Anyone witnessing a crime or who needs to report a crime should call the Craig Police Department at 826-2360 or the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office at 824-4495.