CPD partners with Canfield Schools for safety initiative

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield Police Department School Resource Officer Steve Garstka (sitting) and School Resource Officer Tim Lamping fingerprinted a C.H. Campbell Elementary School kindergartner for the Child Safety Fingerprint ID Kits the department provided for kindergartners on Sept. 18.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

The Canfield Police Department has once again 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 and School Resource Officer Tim Lamping completed the fingerprint record section of the kit at C.H. Campbell Elementary School on Sept. 18 and at Hilltop Elementary School on Sept. 26.

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

“We start the process here today, and the parents can fill in the other important information as much as they like. It gives the parents peace of mind. We are starting more than 90 kits here today at C.H. A majority of the students do sign up for it. This is our fifth year and each year it is a success at both schools,” Officer Garstka said.

Students were given a letter addressed 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.

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