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Monday Halloween results in steady night for Tri-Cities police

Primary complaints called in to Coquitlam RCMP and Port Moody police involved fireworks. Four arrests were also made for non-Oct. 31 incidents.
Coquitlam RCMP officers on bicycles in front of a Halloween display.

Oct. 31 fell on a Monday this year.

This meant most Halloween parties and gatherings took place over the weekend, giving room for young trick-or-treaters to have a fun night of door-knocking — minus the wind and cold conditions. 

As a result, the weekday Hallo's Eve led to a somewhat slower night for local law enforcement.

Coquitlam RCMP and Port Moody police (PMPD) told the Tri-City News calls and/or files counted were lower than previous years, combining for 78 of such incidents during the Halloween night shift.

There were also four arrests between the two departments yesterday evening, but only one was related to related to Halloween activities.

"A youth was arrested for vandalizing a [Port Moody] school," said spokesperson Const. Sam Zacharias. 

"In a separate incident, a man was arrested for breaching his release conditions; he was located shortly after attempting to flee from police. Overall, it was a fairly tamed evening for frontline officers."

Zacharias added city bylaw officers seized several fireworks, which he called "typical" for Halloween on any given night.

In Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, spokesperson Cpl. Alex Hodgins said there were "numerous" reports for fireworks and were tended to by officers and bylaw officers from each municipality.

Fireworks were allowed this year as more than 100 mm of rain fell on the Tri-Cities during the week leading up to Halloween.

Municipalities announced on Oct. 26 that applications to set off fireworks on private properties were available for homeowners.