Crime Stoppers hosting children’s fingerprint and car seat clinic in Chatham

Kids attending Camp Sirens uncover their own fingerprints with the same technology and in the same lab as the police do. July 25, 2018. (Photo by Greg Higgins)

Parents across Chatham-Kent will be able to worry a little less with an upcoming fingerprint and car seat clinic.

Chatham-Kent Crime Stoppers is teaming up with Chatham-Kent police, Fire and Rescue, and Linck for a free clinic on Saturday, October 1.

“It is such an important for parents and children,” said Crime Stoppers Vice President Aaron Hurst. “Its sole purpose is to help assist in the protection of children.”

The event that runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kingston Park will provide parents with a free electronic identification record to take home.

There are many benefits associated with fingerprinting children, according to Hurst.  He said it is a way to maintain reliable identification data that can be used in the event of a child going missing or being abducted.

“Parents can provide local authorities with a copy of the print along with physical descriptions of that child that will ultimately help with the search process,” said Hurst.

The clinic will also feature food trucks, emergency vehicle tours, a meet and greet with first responders, car seat checks, and other activities for the whole family.

“It’s going to be a community event and we encourage residents to come out to Kingston Park on October 1,” said Hurst.