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Chico PD will be without crowd control tools on Halloween

By Colin Steiner, csteiner@krcrtv.com
Published On: Oct 22 2013 12:34:38 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 22 2013 02:49:30 AM CDT
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CHICO, Calif. -

When Halloween night rolls around next week, it will mark the beginning of a busy weekend for Chico police, and due to budget issues this year they will have to do without a major crowd control tool, mounted police.

The major corridor for Halloween reverie in Chico is south of the Chico State campus.

That's where most students live and where most people gather to celebrate.

"There's probably going to be a lot of Halloween parties, house parties," says third year Chico State student Shannon Jimenez.

Those house parties can get unruly, as we saw in August when Chico police were forced to pull out riot gear while taming a huge crowd south of campus.    

While instances like that are rare, they're more likely on holiday weekends.

And with the holiday this year falling closer to the weekend than in years past, Chico police are expecting a big celebration.

"I think it will be quite a bit more busy than it has been the last three years," says Lieutenant George Laver, who is incident commander for Halloween this year. "We will get back to where Halloween night is the night, the event night, so it will probably be the biggest night of the weekend for us."

And this Halloween Chico police are concerned because they'll be without one of their biggest tools for clearing crowds, officers mounted on horses.

"Not having the horse cops is a huge thing for us because you could have two horses that could move a crowd that you would need five or six officers to do, at least," says Laver.

Laver says they'll have the full police force on duty Halloween night and will have full saturation patrols out all weekend looking for DUI drivers.