For the 23rd year, the Calgary Halloween Partners for Safety will be patrolling Calgary streets on the evening of October 31 to give trick-or-treaters easy access to help. More than 800 vehicles will patrol Calgary streets between 6 and 8pm, making sure this will be a safe Halloween.
With a proactive approach to Halloween safety, Calgary Halloween Partners for Safety has two objectives:
The Calgary Partners for Safety is coordinated by Calgary’s Child Magazine and includes AHS Emergency Medical Services and The City of Calgary.
Between calls, Calgary Police Service and Emergency Medical Services will have units patrolling residential neighborhoods. This will provide a high visibility for the youngsters trick-or-treating. The Calgary Fire Department will also have vehicles on patrol and fire stations will be open to provide a safe place for our youngsters.
Calgary Transit’s buses and C-Trains are in the community providing transit service from early morning until late at night. If young trick-or-treaters need assistance, they can approach any transit vehicle they spot. Each vehicle has a radio, so in an emergency, the bus or C-Train operator can contact the appropriate emergency personnel. Calgary Community Standards, including Bylaw Operations, will have Community Peace Officers patrolling communities in emergency vehicles. Calgary 9-1-1 will be taking calls from all of the Partners for Safety as well citizens of Calgary.
Trick-or-treating tips for kids
Tips for grown-ups
Brooke de Lench was watching one of her sons play in a high school football game, and what she saw worried her. He looked slow. Confused. Uncoordinated. No one else seemed to notice, but she saw enough to set off alarm bells. It wasn’t just that he was having an off day. A visit to the doctor confirmed her fears: her son was suffering from the residual effects of at least one concussion, and possibly more.
At the Calgary Police Service, we know that if you get to kids early, give them the foundations of resiliency, and help guide them toward a positive path, we can create stronger communities for our future. By addressing things like unhealthy choices and relationships, bullying, online safety, drugs, and gang activity early on, we can help children avoid negative influences in their life. It is never too early to start thinking about and having these important discussions with your children. Through partnerships with the community, we are committed to assisting with this by delivering different crime prevention, education, and intervention programs targeted at children and youth.
You’ve waited all week and now it’s finally here: date night! You’ve found a babysitter, checked their references, and left a list of emergency contact information. Your highly recommended babysitter even has certified training! According to your thoughtfully laid plans, the babysitter knows what to serve your kids for dinner, whether to limit your kids’ screen time, and when to put them to bed. But there’s one more conversation to have before you leave for date night. In this age of over-sharing, it’s important to talk to your babysitter about your expectations for digital safety.
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