Child safety awareness takes focus Saturday in Crestview

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 07:33 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Parents out shopping Saturday can add a child safety kit to their list.  

Community Policing officers will be at Ace Hardware from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide free child safety materials.

Officer Wanda Hulion and Sgt. Al Humphries will help parents complete the kits, which include their children's fingerprints and, if they desire, a DNA sample.

The Crestview Police Department does not keep children's sensitive information on file, Hulion said.  

"It's strictly for parents' records," she said. "... I tell people I hope they take it home and put it up and in 20 years you take it out and have a good laugh over it because you didn't need it."

If there is an emergency, such as an accident or kidnapping, producing the kit's information will help public safety officers treat or search for the child more effectively, she said.

Hulion said a limited number of free children's bike helmets will be distributed. Officers will also assist parents in properly fitting bicycle helmets on their children's heads.

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