Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Memo from Police Chief Perry

LĪHU'E – Kaua‘i Police Chief Darryl D. Perry is offering families a few simple tips to help
keep their children safe this Halloween.

“Halloween is meant to be a fun and memorable experience, but it’s always best to stay
vigilant to keep your keiki safe,” stated Chief Perry. “First and foremost, children should be
supervised while trick-or-treating, and all candy and treats should be inspected before children
can eat it.”

One treat in particular that is concerning law enforcement and health officials is being
marketed as an “organic fruit roll-up” that apparently contains marijuana. The product is
reportedly made in Hawaii and sold on Instagram.

“This fruit roll-up appears to be a healthy snack that parents and children may not
realize contains marijuana,” warned Chief Perry.

Marijuana edibles are gaining popularity due to the legalization of marijuana in some
states; however, the public is reminded that it is illegal to consume non-medical marijuana in
Hawai‘i.

“Whether legal or illegal, any consumption of marijuana is dangerous to a child,” added
Chief Perry. “The reality is that these products exist, and while it may be unlikely that a child
will receive such candy while trick-or-treating, it’s a good reminder to parents to be aware of
what their children are consuming, not just on Halloween but every day.”

The Kaua‘i Police Department offers additional Halloween safety tips:
  • Trick-or-treat in well-lit areas in a familiar neighborhood. 
  • Keep a flashlight or glow stick handy. 
  • Children should be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating. 
  • Children should know their address, phone number, and how to dial 911 in an emergency. Young children should have this information attached to their costume, in the event they get separated or lost. 
  • Inspect all candy before consumption. Dispose of any candy that is not in its original packaging or shows signs of tampering. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Don’t hesitate to report suspicious activity to police. 

“We’re fortunate to live in a safe community, but as parents, we never want to take that
for granted,” added Chief Perry. “On behalf of the Kauai Police Department, we wish our
community a safe and happy Halloween!”