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Darien Police Joins Fun of Pokemon Go With 'Pikachu' Cruiser

Officer Kevan Taggart offers safety tips to Pokémon Go players in Darien Tuesday. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky
Officer Kevan Taggart offesd safety tips to Pokémon Go players in Darien Tuesday. Photo Credit: Darien Police Department Facebook Page
Darien police offer safety tips to Pokémon Go players out on a crawl. Photo Credit: Darien Police Department Facebook Page
This Darien Police car is outfitted with Pokémon Go decals. Photo Credit: Darien Police Department Facebook Page

DARIEN, Conn. — Darien Police Officer Kevan Taggart didn’t grow up playing Pokemon, but he has seen how popular it is since the release of the viral Pokémon Go app.

Poll
Are you playing Pokemon Go?
Final Results Voting Closed

Are you playing Pokemon Go?

  • Yes, I can't stop
    30%
  • Yes, it's a fun distraction
    25%
  • No, I'm not interested
    24%
  • I don't even understand what it is
    14%
  • My kids are playing
    6%

Taggart decided to travel to different pokéstops around Darien to connect with Pokémon players and give them advice on how to safely use the game during the town’s Pokemon crawl Tuesday.

Standing outside a cruiser that he outfitted with Pikachu decals, Taggart said it’s important that users of Pokemon Go keep safety in mind.

“I think its important that we get them to understand that they have to be aware of their surroundings while playing the game,” Taggart said outside the Darien Library. “That’s the No. 1 thing that comes up when you open the app — it's be aware of your surroundings.”

Taggart also advises those playing Pokémon Go that they should travel in large groups and to be wary of traveling to lures — an item another user attaches to a pokéstops that becomes an attraction for 30 minutes.

But at the end of the day, Taggart said the app is meant to be fun — as long as it’s played safely. “There’s a lot of kids playing it and everyone should enjoy it,” he said.

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