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A national child safety program will host a free fair in Springfield on Friday and Saturday. KSMU’s Brittany Donnellan reports.
The Keeping Kids Safe Project by S.I.P. Kids – which stands for Safety in Prints -- will provide FBI-quality digital fingerprints and pictures of children for parents to keep on record in case of an emergency. Lytishya Borglum, National Director of S.I.P Kids, encourages all parents to participate in the program.
“If an emergency situation comes up, we need to help law enforcement get out there and try to find that child as quickly as possible so that they can be return home safely and one of the best ways to do that is have information readily available,” said Borglum.
Borglum suggests that even parents who have had their children fingerprinted would benefit from having them done again.
“Unless the fingerprinting is being done by a trained professional, it’s really so hard to get a quality print, especially if you’re doing an ink print. And so with our program, the digital fingerprinting that is being done is done at FBI-quality or above, and so that means that each and every child that comes in, we know without a doubt that we get a good quality print,” said Borglum.
Borglum said that many different organizations throughout the community will be at the safety fair, including the Springfield Police Department, to help spread awareness about resources in the community for child safety.
The event will be held at Reliable Toyota in Springfield and is free to the community. It will run Friday from 3:00 to 7:00, and then on Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00. For questions, call 890-9000 or visit www.Keepingkidssafeproject.com.
For KSMU News, I’m Brittany Donnellan.