South Burlington police aid ghosts, goblins & princesses.

The good guys were at it again on Halloween night.

Officers with Trick or Treaters 2016Beginning at about 6:30 pm on Monday night, South Burlington police cruisers rolled into city neighborhoods. They found blood-thirsty vampires, scary witches, and hungry zombies.  There were beautiful princesses, swashbuckling pirates, and ghostbusters covered in ectoplasm. And, they were all looking for Halloween treats.

South Burlington police officers set up candy distribution stations, and began handing out sweet loot.  In the days leading up to Halloween, the Youth Services officers assisted in packaging candy in specially marked bags—between 350 and 500 bags of candy are typically distributed.

Officers prepare 350-500 candy bags annuallyHaving officers in highly trafficked neighborhoods increases the public’s awareness of the many pedestrians out for a night of fright and fun. The blue lights of the cruiser are a visual warning sign that slows down motorists, and deters crime. The increased public safety presence is a welcome addition, said several parents.

For at least a decade, SBPD has been out in the neighborhoods keeping our kids safe and making sure they go home with some sweet treats. Each year, they rotate to different neighborhoods in the City.  This year, officers were at Farrell Street, Chamberlain School area, Lime Kiln Road, Butler Farms, and Old Orchard Park.

Officers involved this year included: Sgt. Edward Soychak, Sgt Dan Brunelle, Officer Kelsey Monroe, Officer Sara Bellavance, and Officer Casandra Ellison. And, Rebecca Forsell was our assisting dispatcher.

Additionally, the South Burlington Fire Department and the VT Air Guard Heavy Rescue/Fire Department were also giving out candy. On Airport Parkway, the Air Guard Rescue and our SBPD were both handing out candy about 100 yards apart.

Thanks, SBPD!

Check out some of the photos from the Halloween 2016!

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