Mayor and interim Police Chief plan to trick or treat in Seminole Heights on Halloween

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Tampa Police will have an increased presence throughout the city on Halloween night

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Interim Police Chief Brian Dugan plan to celebrate Halloween on Tuesday evening by greeting community members, handing out candy at Giddens Park, and then joining the kids for some trick or treating in the Southeast Seminole Heights area.

LOCATION: Giddens Park at 5202 N 12th Street

TIME/DATE: 5:30-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 31

DETAILS: In the wake of the recent homicides in the Southeast Seminole Heights area, Interim Chief Dugan has advised residents not to walk alone, especially after sunset. Residents expressed concerns about trick or treating on Halloween. Chief Dugan responded by saying that TPD would have a significant presence in Southeast Seminole Heights on Halloween night, adding that he would join children trick or treating in the community.

Mayor Buckhorn and Interim Chief Dugan will start the evening at approximately 5:30 p.m. with a community roll call at Giddens Park. They will be joined by several TPD officers, including mounted officers on horseback, as well as Florida Highway Patrol Troopers.

At approximately 6 p.m. they will start walking  the Southeast Seminole Heights community, greeting residents and joining children as they go trick or treating in the neighborhood. Parents are being asked to accompany their children, and residents are being asked to turn on their porch lights to welcome trick or treaters.