Operation Blue Light
Halloween is an exciting time for children and adults. The York County Sheriff’s Office wants
everybody to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween. Trick or treating is a fun activity but it
also raises concerns for our citizens.
Sadly, we all need to take additional precautions. Several police departments have received
reports of men trying to entice children into their vehicles. The York County Sheriff’s Office has received
a similar complaint in Shapleigh. On October 11th, a man driving a white van, approached a 15 year old
girl who was walking on Route 11 – the man tried to coax the girl to accept a
ride from him. She refused. When she took out her cell phone to call for
assistance, he sped off toward Route 109.
With this disturbing trend, Sheriff Maurice Ouellette
decided to reactivate Operation Blue Light, a program that has been inactive
due to budget constraints. The program
will have the ancillary benefit of putting more deputies on the streets during
The sheriff’s office provides policing services for nine communities,
Acton, Shapleigh, Newfield, Waterboro, Cornish, Limerick, Limington, Arundel,
and Parsonsfield. We have contract
deputies assigned to six of those towns.
This Halloween, Sheriff Maurice Ouellette decided to activate “Operation
Blue Light” which means each town with a contract deputy will be available to
hand out treats to costumed children.
They will be positioned in a prominent location with their blue lights activated;
each deputy will have treats on hand.
Parents are reminded of the obvious precautions:
all treats carefully before allowing children to eat them
children with a flashlight and ensure some reflective tape is on their
having the children wear make-up instead of masks because masks sometimes
let your children trick or treat alone!
Please accompany them or ensure a responsible adult is supervising
the children’s activities.
- Do not
approach a house that is not lit up
The sheriff’s office also cautions motorists:
slow down Halloween Night
extreme caution while driving through residential neighborhoods
- If you
are driving children to neighborhoods to trick or treat, ensure they enter
and exit you vehicle curbside
should not wear a mask or costume that makes it difficult to operate their
should also be on the lookout for any suspicious vehicles
Parents and children should:
- Report any suspicious or unusual activity to the sheriff’s office immediately
- Use costumes that do not restrict movement and masks that do not obscure
- Not cut across yards, use the designated sidewalks
- Not approach houses that are not well lit
- Never go into a stranger’s home
- Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats
Last word of caution – the sheriff’s office, as well as other police departments are on heightened alert
for these suspects who have approached children in our communities. Please be our eyes and ears and report
The sheriff’s office requests that all parents talk with your children about getting into a stranger’s car, truck
or van. Please explain to them that you will never send a stranger to get them and they should never agree to help a stranger find their lost pet without your permission.