Costumed kids dressed as witches, superheroes, even policemen came out to get something good to eat on Halloween night. But there were real officers patrolling the streets as well, including Beckley Patrolman Steven Wickline.
“Kids are one of the vulnerable populations that we like to protect,” Wickline said.
Countless police departments, including Beckley, were out patrolling on foot Halloween night to help keep the candy cravers calm.
Surprisingly, Wickline explained Halloween is one of the slowest days of the year, with calls for lost children being a rare exception.
“Getting a description of a kid that’s dressed up as a clown isn’t going to be as easy as it is whenever he is dressed in his normal clothes,” Wickline said. “You got to take all that in mind.”
With a temporary surge in pedestrian traffic, the biggest concern among law enforcement was the actual traffic of those driving.
“People speeding through areas where kids are out trick-or-treating. They’re not particularly paying attention to that on their everyday commute,” Wickline said.
John Wynn could not agree more for his Beckley neighborhood.
“They’re here to protect more than the kids than anything,” Wynn said. “Because the traffic needs to slow down a little bit and take respect for the kids.”