Wyoming PD: No you can't use the Pokestop at night, the park is closed

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This is how the Wyoming, Minnesota Police Department got to spend Saturday night. (We're just going to let their pretty awesome Twitter speak for itself to start.)



Yep – a "suspicious person" turns out to be a PokemonGO player, because it's 2016 and that's what happens now.

"We've seen a large influx in activity probably in the last couple weeks where people of all ages are playing the game and using the app and wandering around town, staring at their phones day and night," Wyoming Chief of Police Paul Hoppe told BringMeTheNews.

Hoppe, who started his career in law enforcement before cellphones even existed, said his department's experienced PokemonGO incidents every day since the game debuted not quite two weeks ago. He wasn't sure about the exact number since it requires going through each report manually.

"We don't have a call for service code for Pokemon call," Hoppe said, chuckling. "Might be something we have to create in the future if the fad continues."


As for the night-time park wandering (which Hoppe attributed to the search for nocturnal-only characters), the chief said during the summer the city's parks often get vandalized. So when they see someone milling about at night, they're "vigilant" about checking it out.

Check private property and streets too

You've probably seen PokemonGO safety warnings out there, and the same holds true in Wyoming.

Hoppe said especially be careful about private property, in case someone thinks you're up to something shady.

"As they start to wander into people's private properties, chasing after these characters, the last thing we want is a property owner or homeowner to misconstrue what the intent of the person is," Hoppe said. "We've been trying to advise people, stay off people's properties and out of other people's yards if you don't have permission to be there.

Also be careful of traffic while you're staring at your phone – they've seen some incidents where people on the curb start to wander into the street without looking both ways.

"Luckily drivers are alert," Hoppe said.

There has been a big benefit, though. More people are out and about, taking in the city, and it's a great conversation starter for officers, Hoppe said.

By the way, if you're way up in northern Minnesota and head up to Canada frequently, PokemonGO is officially available there now, eh.

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