COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Halloween is just hours away and the Columbus divisions of police and fire and other community groups are making sure everyone celebrates safely.

Columbus police officers and firefighters spent part of their day Sunday handing out candy and meeting the community during a trunk or treat event downtown on Marconi Boulevard.

“We want to pour into our children and make sure they’re having a good, safe time,” said Columbus Chief of Police Elaine Bryant. “Be able to have the officers interact with the community is really important to us, and as you can see all these great costumes, it’s really exciting to be out here and to make sure we’re providing them not only with having some treats but being able to have that interaction and have a safe time.”

Assistant Police Chief LaShanna Potts echoed that sentiment, saying the event was good for connecting the community with officers.

“As we pass out candy, hopefully, we’re engaging in conversation and we’re continuing to strengthen that bond, so to me, this is legacy building,” she said. “This is not just about one event; this is one of many to come.”

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