Before we get started, note that I am not suggesting that you should or should not have a firearm in your home. It is your right, so you are the one who has to weigh your options and make that decision.
Ok, now we can talk about Project Childsafe. So, you have children and a firearm. Now what?
Project Childsafe is a nationwide program whose purpose is to promote safe firearms handling and storage. This is done through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearms safety kits. The kit includes a cable style gun lock and a pamphlet that discusses safe handling and storage practices with an increased emphasis on preventing children from accessing a loaded firearm in the home.
The kit is free from many of your local police departments. You can check to see which police departments offer these kits at their website. The Sandy Springs Police Department does offer the kits, but due to the limited number we can only offer them to Sandy Springs residents. Please come by the front desk during normal business hours to get free your kit.
Project Childsafe is sponsored by the firearms industry through the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Project Childsafe operates in cooperation with law enforcement departments that provides the firearms safety kits free of charge to gun owners. Since 2003, Project Childsafe has distributed more than 35 million safety kits to gun owners all across the country.
Police Safety Classes for the Community
The Sandy Springs Police Department has a Firearms Safety Class, one Wednesday a month from 6-9pm. We also offer a Women’s Self Defense Class, one Thursday a month from 6-8pm. Lastly, we offer a Children’s Safety Class (emphasis on Child Abduction and Bullying Prevention for kids 8-12 years old).
The Sandy Springs Police Department also has an Explorer Program for kids 14-21 years old that are interested in the Law Enforcement Field.
In addition, we have Neighborhood Watch Programs, Business Watch Programs, Construction Watch Programs and a Citizen’s Police Academy. Once you graduate from the Citizen’s Police Academy, you are eligible to become a volunteer for the SSPD and enter the Citizen’s on Patrol (COPS) Program.
All of these programs can be viewed on the SSPD website at http://www.sandyspringspolice.org/
Please email me directly for more information and/or to be placed on the waiting list. For more information on Project Childsafe, please go to; http://www.projectchildsafe.org/
Officer Larry Jacobs is the Crime Prevention Officer for the Sandy Springs Police Department. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.