A successful Halloween safety effort to help children glow in the dark while trick or treating continues at the Pensacola Police Department.

Beginning on Wednesday, October 28, the department will give away 2,000 dog tags that glow in the dark for children to wear over costumes. This will make 9,000 tags the department has given away for Halloween since beginning the program in 2011.

“We want to do our best to make Halloween a safe and fun event for children,” said Chief David Alexander III. “But the tags in and of themselves will not guarantee a child’s safety. Parents also need to be involved by going out with children to help ensure their safety.”

The tags are not meant to replace traditional safety recommendations such as reflective costumes and flashlights, but are an additional safety tool. They were purchased with confiscated drug money, measure about one by two inches and are on about a 15-inch string. They have an 8-hour battery life and can be set to blink at various speeds.

Each tag is inscribed with a copy of the police badge and say, “Compliments of Chief David Alexander III and Mayor Ashton J. Hayward III.”

The tags will be available to city residents on a first come, first served basis until gone beginning at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Desk Sergeant’s Office at Pensacola Police Headquarters, located at 711 North Hayne Street. There is a limit of 10 tags per person.


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