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Extra officers keep Cedar Valley trick-or-treaters safe

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While one little police officer patrolled for candy, Waterloo Police Officer, Lucas Scarbrough, and his fellow officers patrolled the streets to keep everyone safe.

The department brought in extra officers during the trick-or-treating hours Tuesday.

"If it is not being reported on, people don't know about it. I think that is what has changed. I don't think it is any less safe per-say," said Officer Scarbrough.

Scarbrough says, these days, many parents are already aware of the horror stories of trick-or-treating, including poisoned candy.

"Stuff that has never been opened is more than likely safe but, at the end of that day, it is kind of hard to police all of that. It goes along with being in a neighborhood you know, people that you know are going to be your safest bet, as far as keeping your kids safe and keeping yourself safe," said Scarbrough, as he drove through neighborhoods keeping an eye on the Halloween activities.

But it wasn't all work, the officer also took the time to meet some very excited kids.

 "Are you guys going to eat all your candy tonight?" asked Scarbrough.

"Yeah!" said several kids at once.

"Don't eat it all tonight. You will get sick," warned Scarbrough.  And he is speaking from experience.

"I don't really like sweets. I think I ate way too much candy one year. I tried to eat my entire basket of candy one year. My mom tells this story even better. I threw up in the middle of the night and, ever since then, I am not a big candy eater," said Scarbrough.

It's something many people can relate to on some level.

Again, Officer Scarbrough warns parents to check their kids' candy for any that has already been opened.

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