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Halloween: Police watching over kids trick-or-treating

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There is excitement in the air. Halloween, a magical night for children when the characters they love so much come alive.

"Cinderella because I like her and think she is cute," said one girl trick-or-treating in Waterloo.

While the children run from house to house gathering candy, police are on the look out.

"Traffic. It just takes a little longer. What we are not use to is the increased foot traffic. People walking; crossing roads, that is what we are having to focus more of our attention on is people crossing roads, making sure they are at the crosswalk," said Waterloo Police Officer Marc Jasper while patrolling a neighborhood.

Overall with most parents and drivers on heightened alert, Officer Jasper says Halloween is a relatively quiet night for the department.

While on duty, Officer Jasper was taking time to hand out Waterloo Police swag to children trick-or-treating.

"It makes the kids happy. It puts a smile on their face going out and dressing up and getting candy," said Officer Jasper.

But for one 5-year-old, she got something better than candy. Little Chief Maddie, her costume a police officer, got a tour of the police department she may be running one day.
"Spectacular," said Maddie when asked about her tour.

"She said, 'I really want to be an officer when I grow up, but I kind of want to be Chief first.' We haven't told Dan Trelka that yet," said Maddie's mom Sinead Koeneke.

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