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Covington's public safety community plans Safe Halloween event

COVINGTON — The Safer Covington Action Network (S.C.A.N.), a project of the city of Covington Public Safety Community, is preparing for its second annual Safe Halloween Trick or Treat event.

The festivities will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, on the Square.

“This year’s event will be bigger and better than last year’s program,” promised Covington Police Public Information Officer Capt. Ken Malcom. “We have asked for and received the support of most of our public safety community and are receiving commitments from a number of civic organizations, as well.”

Malcom said the Square will be blocked off to vehicular traffic at 5 p.m. and the fun begins at 5:30 p.m. The Square will remain closed until the event ends at 8 p.m.

So far, the public safety agencies which plan to be in attendance include Covington/Newton County 911 Center, Covington Fire Department, Covington Police Department, Porterdale Police Department, Porterdale Fire Department and Newton Medical Center’s emergency medical services.

“Admission is free, but we are asking that those who are able to do so to please bring a canned good donation for the Newton County Community Food Bank,” Malcom said, adding that they are also taking donations of sealed candy to be dropped off at CPD headquarters at 1143 Oak St. or any of the participating agencies listed above.

S.C.A.N. is a new project involving the crime and fire prevention units from the police, fire and 911 center. S.C.A.N. was created as a small part of the city of Covington’s Strategic Action Plan which promotes a safe environment through public safety and community involvement.

Its mission is to gather and distribute important information to the community; educate residents and business owners in areas of crime prevention, fire prevention, crime reporting and other quality of life issues; and to make each citizen feel that they live in a safer community.

“Our Safe Halloween event is a project that fits into this mission,” Malcom said.