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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 19 City police and Child Find P.E.I. partner to keep children safe Parents can take their youngsters to downtown Charlottetown police depot for fingerprinting Originally published Monday, January 18, 2010 The Guardian - Cassandra Bernard CHARLOTTETOWN - The Charlottetown police department is partnering with Child Find P.E.I. to help keep Island children safe. A recent fingerprinting clinic, All About Me, was offered at the department’s downtown depot where parents could take their children for fingerprinting for their future safety. Four-year-old Charlie Ross was the first one to get his fingers printed by Sherri Smith of Child Find P.E.I. His mother, Beth Johnston, said she took him to get it done because the All About Me I.D. is a good thing to have in case anything ever happened. “It would be unthinkable even to imagine, with one of these things you can be extra cautious,” she said. Johnston said if a child ever did go missing, the first few hours would be crucial. “I would rather be organized,” she said. Every second Tuesday of the month, between 1 and 3 p.m., Charlottetown police officers and Child Find staff, with the help of volunteers, will offer parents and children personal tips and advice on using the Internet safely. The parents will get to take home a booklet they can fill in with their child’s information such as weight, hair and eye colour, allergies, blood type, disabilities and nicknames. Child Find takes a picture of the child and it is kept in the booklet where it should be updated every six months. The fingerprints and footprints are kept in the booklet also. Canon is a sponsor of Child Find and supplies all of their printers, paper, height charts and cameras for the program. Deputy Chief Gary McGuigan was at the downtown depot last Tuesday afternoon along with Smith and a few others. McGuigan says Charlottetown police are pleased to work with Child Find P.E.I. as the organization is one of Canada’s oldest and largest missing children’s organizations, offering community awareness and public education programs related to child safety. All of the programs are offered for free and police are urging parents to take advantage of these programs at the Kent Street downtown depot. To get an All About Me I.D. booklet, contact your local Child Find office for upcoming I.D. clinics in the area. Bring along appropriate identification, two pieces of I.D. for parents and the child requires one, for example a provincial health card or a birth certificate. Child Find and the police wanted to be sure people understood that they do not keep the fingerprints or pictures; everything is given to the parents to take home. For more information call 902-3681678 or visit www.childfindpei.com. Charlie Ross gets his fingers printed by Sherri Smith of Child Find P.E.I. at a recent fingerprinting clinic in Charlottetown. GUARDIAN PHOTO The Joint Management Team of the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit met recently to plan for the 2010 policing priorities for the unit. The JMT is responsible for the budgetary process, personnel and setting the community priorities for the unit. Community priorities are established by the JMT in partnership with the Street Crime and Criminal Intelligence Nova Scotia officers who have officers assigned with the unit at New Glasgow Police Service. Pictured seated, from the left are: S/Sgt. Steve Halliday OIC RCMP; New Glasgow Police Chief Delaney Chisholm and Sgt. Phil Oliver, RCMP; standing are: Trenton Police Chief Robert White and Stellarton Police Chief Hugh Muir. (News - Feb. 5, 2010- Submitted photo)

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