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 October 21st, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Pumpkin Patrol will provide comforting law enforcement presence in residential neighborhoods on Halloween night, Sheriff Mascara announces
In addition to the regular St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies patrolling the county on Halloween night and the night before Halloween night, an extra force of deputies will also patrol in residential neighborhoods, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"We want parents and trick-or-treaters to know that the Pumpkin Patrol will provide an extra level of comfort and security in residential neighborhoods on Halloween night (Sunday, Oct. 31) and the night before," Sheriff Mascara said. "We realize that some parents may want their children to trick or treat on Saturday night rather than Halloween night, which is the night before a school day."

On Saturday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 9 p.m., there will be three Pumpkin Patrol deputies in residential neighborhoods in addition to normal zone patrol deputies.

On Sunday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 9 p.m., there will be 11 Pumpkin Patrol deputies supplementing regular zone patrol deputies.

Sheriff Mascara also advised parents to make sure their children's costumes have reflective material so that motorists can more easily see trick or treaters. He also asks that parents make sure the costumes and masks don't restrict their children's ability to see. In addition, children are encouraged to accept only packaged food items.

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