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Release Date: October 27, 2014

Halloween is on Friday evening. The weather is going to be better than it has been in previous years. The challenge for the town and police department: to monitor streets in the town –to reduce the possibility of mischief, property damage and injuries.  Years ago Halloween was very busy for our police department –lots of bad conduct and mischief. We responded by increasing patrols in the town –especially in neighborhoods that have experienced problems in the past.
Every Halloween I join the Police Chief or Captains  driving around town stopping by at homes and neighborhoods that had experienced problems in previous years. If you would like me to stop by at your house during the evening to check up to make sure that your area is receiving the attention it deserves – please advise. If your neighborhood experienced any Halloween related incident in the past and you want us to remind the police of the problems your street encountered, please advise.  My e mail is pfeiner@greenburghny.com.

We want you to be safe and to feel safe. We will do what we can to make this Halloween an evening that will be enjoyable for your family.
Police Chief’s message to parents/students below….
October 2014
Chief’s 2014 Halloween Message
Dear Resident/Educator:
With the end of October quickly approaching, it is once again time to revisit our plans to ensure that Halloween
2014 is a safe and fun filled holiday for youngsters. While the police want your children to have fun, we caution
that their enjoyment should not come at the expense of damage to private or public property or in the harassment
of residents or the terrorizing of younger citizens. To help ensure this, I am once again requesting the cooperation
of parents, teachers, student leaders and all of our young people in helping to make this year’s celebration as safe
and enjoyable as possible for all our citizens.
To help accomplish this I ask that parents and teachers review and implement the Halloween Safety Tips
accompanying this message and impress on youngsters the need to refrain from participating in conduct that could
lead to someone being injured or property being damaged. Egg throwing continues to be the major cause of the
property damage occurring on Halloween. Such conduct results in the siding on homes and businesses being
stained and windows being broken. It has also resulted in injuries to children who were struck in the face or head
and has on several occasions caused the obstruction of drivers’ views when the windshields of their vehicles were
struck by eggs. It is important that parents make their children aware of the harm that can be caused by egg
throwing and insist they not take part in this activity.
I also call upon our young people to do their part in helping keep Halloween safe and fun by resisting the
temptation to be mischievous through avoiding those individuals and groups intending to participate in unlawful
The Police Department will continue its policy of having additional personnel assigned to patrol neighborhood
streets this Halloween. Their job will be to help ensure the safety of your youngsters and to deter acts of
vandalism. As in the past, special attention will be paid to those areas where problems have previously been
experienced to help deter recurrences. The police will aggressively enforce the law and youngsters discovered
breaking it will find themselves facing some very unpleasant consequences. While we regret having to continue
this draconian stance, we find ourselves in the position of having no other way to ensure the safety of our streets
and neighborhoods.
Keeping Halloween a safe and happy occasion is our collective responsibility. The Police Department is
determined to do its part and we hope that we can rely on your cooperation.
Very truly yours,
Chris McNerney
Police Chief
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