Halloween Ride-Along: Region 8 rides shotgun with JPD

Published: Nov. 1, 2014 at 2:37 AM CDT
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Halloween has the reputation for being more 'spirited' when it come to what police have to deal with. We rode along with Jonesboro Police to find out if it's true.

On Halloween night, Jonesboro Police Officer Lane Holmes said despite the costumes and candy, it's really like any other night.

"Public intoxication crimes or anything like that, that doesn't normally go up because of Halloween," Holmes said. "But the people that are out running around, that you're normally gonna catch, will probably end up having some sort of costume on."

Regardless of what they're wearing, officers must still respond to any and every call that dispatch sends them out to.

"They've got fake blood on their face or some sort of costume so, it makes 'em a little more interesting."

In the two hours we rode along with Holmes, we worked a three car accident, a custodial dispute and assisted in a traffic stop.

However, when a page came through for a possible residential burglary in progress, the pace changed dramatically.

A teenaged girl, home alone, reported a noise and the security alarm go off at the house.

Multiple Jonesboro Police Officers, including Holmes, rushed to the scene.

"I don't want to go super, super fast but I also don't want this 14-year-old girl to be in her house with a burglar by herself," Holmes said.

Though that call turned out to be a false alarm, officers must assume the worst about every call while their own safety is in the back of their mind.

"That's the big thing. Go home at the end of the night and make sure everybody you deal with goes home too," Holmes said.

Holmes said on Halloween night, most of the more interesting calls come through during the overnight hours.

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