Police Substation News
Elizabethton Housing & Development Agency
To report an anonymous tip on any criminal activity, call the tips hot-line at
423-542-7574.  For non-emergency situations, the Substation can be
reached at 423-543-3571 extension 314.  For emergencies only, call 911.
In participating with the Elizabethton Police Department, a police sub-station has
been developed within the public housing community.

One officer is assigned to the sub-station.  The officers conduct community checks
and patrols.  They participate with EHDA resident visits, meetings and projects.

Activities to name a few include Bicycle Safety, K-9 Demonstrations, Drug
Awareness Prevention, Self-Defense classes and Neighborhood Watch Programs.

Funding for the program is obtained by the EHDA.

The goal of the substation is to bring police and citizens together to prevent crime
and solve neighborhood problems.  This is being achieved through Community
Policing.  The philosophy of Community Policing places an emphasis on preventing
crime before it happens.  Community policing gives citizens more control over the
quality of life in their community.

By working together, police and residents will achieve a common goal of a safer
911 should be called
for ALL emergencies.  
If available, the
substation officers will
respond to these calls.

The phone number is
extension 314.

                                                     Mike Commons
                                   EHDA Sub-Station Officer
                                  Office Phone: 423-543-3571 Ext. 314

 Tips for a Safe Halloween
Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids, but a worrisome one for parents. Concerns about children's
safety--whether they are out in the neighborhood or back home with bags of goodies--can darken the day
more quickly than a black cat. To make Halloween a treat, follow these safety tips.

Make sure the path to your door is clear, welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and turn on any
exterior lights.
Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately. Call 9-1-1.
Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.

Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle.  Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision
may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.

TRICK OR TREAT TIPS for children and parents:
Make sure your kids dress up safely.
Make sure costumes are flame retardant so children aren't in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns.
Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable, and they can obstruct a child's
vision, a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
Set a time limit for your children to “trick-or-treat”.
Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups. Parents should accompany young children.
Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while it's still light out. If it's dark, make sure someone has a
flashlight, add reflective tape to costumes and bags, and pick well-lighted streets.
Do not go inside anyone’s home. Remain on the porch at all times.
Do not accept rides from strangers and be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not.
Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars.
Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars.
Look in all directions before crossing the street, and obey all traffic signals. Walk; never run, across the
street, and use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.

Do not eat any treats until parents have inspected them. Check all treats before eating.
Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.
Check out all candy in a well-lighted place when your trick-or-treater gets home.
Eat only unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers.
Wear comfortable, safe shoes.
Call 9-1-1 if you suspect any tainted candy.

Cpl. Mike Commons