KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IS A PRIORITY for parents, law enforcement agencies, day care centers, preschools, and other childcare providers. Through D.A.R.E, C.A.P and Race Against Drugs programs, your Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to teaching residents how they can protect their little ones and be prepared should an emergency occur. In 2001 Sheriff Phil. R. Stammitti created the Corrections Awareness Program, (CAP). It’s mission is to collectively promote, educate and provide service to the community in association with the Lorain County Sheriff’s D.A.R.E. and Race Against Drugs Programs.
Through this program Sheriff Stammitti and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office hope to promote a picture to the community, particularly the youth, that officers are people who they can trust, rely upon and look to as role models. By doing so, we hope to provide service and knowledge to help people make better choices in life.
Moving forward from ink and paper to technology, a new Child ID program was created in 2003 by Sheriff Stammitti. The new system that consists of a card printer, laptop computer, digital camera, and fingerprint capture device. Officers attend community family-oriented events and create durable plastic identification cards for kids.
In the event that a child gets lost or becomes missing, the parents will have the card containing all of the child’s vital information, allowing them to immediately provide law enforcement officials with the key facts needed to start a search. For children two and over, we recommended parents update the cards yearly. For infants and toddlers up to two years old, we recommend having a new card made every six months due to the rapid appearance changes as they grow.
The Child ID program is available to groups, and is open to youths under age 17. Completed fingerprint cards are retained by the parent or guardian.
In addition to providing Child ID at certain events, Lorain County residents can bring their children to the lobby at the Sheriff’s Office on Murray Ridge Road the first Wednesday of every month from 3:00pm to 7:00pm for free printing.For more information please contact Captain Jack Hammond at (440)-329-3844.