CLARK, NJ - For Halloween this year Clark Police Officer Ted McKeown took a small idea he started with several years ago and made it into a rather spooktacular rolling event just in time for trick-or-treat season.
With the support of the Clark Local PBA 125 and Clark Target, McKeown has transformed one of the department’s cruisers into a rolling Halloween-mobile, complete with tricks and treats.
The Halloween Patrol as McKeown calls it, hit the road this week with Henry, the newest member of the Clark PD. Henry is a full-size glow-in-the-dark skeleton riding shot gun beside Clark’s patrolmen each day.
McKeown believes in community policing. Like many of his fellow officers, he knows making connections and ties with residents builds the level of cooperation, respect and trust between police and the communities they serve.
“I want the community to know we are here for them, and we are here for the kids to keep them safe on Halloween and promote a safe environment for trick-or-treaters,” said McKeown.
McKeown said he started giving candy out the window of his patrol car during Halloween week a couple of years ago. Then the next year he added some décor to set the tone of the season. This year he has added Henry and other decals. He hopes to do even more next year.
Residents should be on the look out for this special patrol that will be distributing candy while rolling through the streets all week long with an eye toward keeping Clark’s trick-or-treaters safe on Halloween too.
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