Parents looking for safety and candy for their children on Halloween night should add McMinnville Police Department to their route.
The police department will be offering treats during regular trick-or-treating Monday night. The police department will offer treats from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“We thought it would be a good idea to give out candy this year as part of our community policing efforts,” said McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton. “It gives the parents another safe place to bring their children.”
Employees will add a few Halloween decorations to the police lobby, although officers will be in regular uniform.
“This is not to scare the children,” said Denton. “Having a uniformed officer handing out candy allows the children a positive interaction with a police officer and lets them see we are not scary.”
Grabbing a treat could include a photo option. Denton says Citizens Police Academy Alumni members will be on hand to take pictures.
“It’s up to the parent,” he said. “If they want their child’s picture taken with an officer, we will post them on our website and they can get on there and print them out.”
The police department would also like to remind parents about the 9 p.m. curfew inside the city limits and tips on keeping children safe this year.
“The curfew goes into effect at 9 p.m.,” said Denton. “All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when the curfew goes into effect.”