Join the Stephenville Police Department and get your Pokemon Go ‘Hunting License’ for the Pokemon Go Safari taking place from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at City Park.
Assistant Police Chief Jason Halsey came up with the idea after hearing some reports of people playing the game unsafely.
“We thought we would create an environment for people to play safely and then it gives us a chance to interact with the community,” Halsey said. “We thought it was a good opportunity.”
The safari is limited to the first 200 people who register by Aug. 1, which can be done by visiting www.stephenvillepolice.org/spdpokemon.html. The spots are already filling up quickly.
“We’re requiring registration for 200 spots to make sure we have enough police officers to be the guides on the safari,” Halsey said.
The event will being at City Park and then move along the Bosque River Trail and into downtown Stephenville.
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent and all those participating are asked to wear tennis shoes, bring water, backpacks and have their own device with the Pokemon Go app installed on it.
Everyone who registers will receive their very own ‘hunting license’ that will be handed out the day of the safari.
“That idea was brought up by a couple of patrol officers. We thought it would nice to have a memorable thing for the participants,” Halsey said. “It’s not a real license, just a memorable item. So when they register we’ll have their name and come up with a design to make a little permit license.”
Pokemon hunters will be divided into groups, which will be led by an officer, be given a map and begin their trek to catch all the Pokemon characters they can. Check-in will be at 6 p.m. at a tent in City Park.