CPD partners with CLSD on safety initiative

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A Hilltop Elementary School kindergartner took her turn getting fingerprinted by Canfield Police Department School Resource Officer Steve Garstka for the Child Safety Fingerprint ID Kits the department provided for all kindergartners Sept. 28.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield Police Department School Resource Officer Steve Garstka fingerprinted a Hilltop Elementary School kindergartner for the Child Safety Fingerprint ID Kits the department provided for kindergartners Sept. 28.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

The Canfield Police Department has partnered with Canfield Local School District to present a collaborative safety initiative which will provide Child Safety Fingerprint ID Kits to all kindergarten students and new elementary students to the district.

School Resource Officer Steve Garstka completed the fingerprint record section of the kit at C.H. Campbell Elementary School on Sept. 26, and at Hilltop Elementary School on Sept. 28.

The Police Department purchased Child Safety Fingerprint ID Kits which were provided to the students with parental/guardian permission. The kits will provide space for parents to fill in personal demographic information, dental chart, medical conditions, identify features and an emergency directory.

“This is the third year the Canfield Police Department has partnered with Canfield Local School District to do the Child Safety Fingerprint ID Kits. The first year we fingerprinted every elementary school student, so now we concentrate on the kindergartners at both schools, as they are new to the district. The Child Safety Fingerprint ID Kits are a service the police department provides, as a safety precaution. It is our job to keep the students safe, and the fingerprint kits will help us do that,” Officer Garstka said.

Students were given a letter to their parents from Chief of Police Charles Colucci explaining the process. The letter also served as a permission slip and had to be signed and returned to the school for the student to be able to participate.

“We are excited to provide this important safety initiative to our elementary-aged children, and would like to thank Superintendent Geordan for his support,” Chief Colucci said.

Officer Garstka said this collaborative effort has caught the attention of other school resource officers may be able to benefit other students, not just Canfield.

“The Canfield Police Department’s partnership with Canfield Local Schools concerning Child Safety Fingerprint ID Kits has caught the attention of other school resource officers. I have received great feedback and even received a phone call from another school resource officer asking how we do this,” Officer Garstka said.

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