Cicero Police officers traded in guns for costumes and mace for candy over the weekend as they joined residents for two community-building events.
The 15-officer department setup first at the South Bay Volunteer Department Open House on Oct. 14. Several officers educated families on home safety and drug awareness. Families could also sign up for e-police, an electronic newsletter from the department that gives subscribers the skinny on crime in their neighborhoods.
The same night, the department also held the Halloween Candy Checkpoint at the Cicero Municipal Center. Over 250 children came, along with Cicero Police, in costume to enjoy treats and a costume contest.
"Everything went great," Cicero Police Chief Joseph Snell said. "We had no problems and everybody enjoyed themselves, especially the kids."