Dothan, AL (WTVY)-- Police Chief Steve Parrish believes Halloween is a safe night in Dothan, but he can't ignore national statistics.
That's why he will assign additional officers to patrol streets and interact with the public when children are out trick-or-treating.
“Those officers will be looking to protect the kids during this annual tradition,” Parrish told WTVY.
National statistics show that, on average, seven children die each October 31. Almost all are struck by automobiles.
Most of those accidents occur between 5:00 and 9:00, away from crosswalks and intersections.
Parrish urges drivers to slow below the speed limit while children celebrate Halloween.
He also hopes parents will accompany their kids, especially younger ones.
He said officers will not only patrol streets but, as part of the department's community policing initiative, get out of their cars and interact with children.
“Enforcing the law is part of the job but our officers also believe it's just an important to be a friend of our citizens.”
Anyone who encounters issues on Halloween should approach an officer who will give the matter immediate attention, Parrish said.
The city of Dothan recommends trick-or-treating between 5:30 and 8:00 on October 31.