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Keeping Superior Kids Safe

Posted at: 03/27/2013 5:13 PM
Updated at: 03/27/2013 6:22 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
manderson@wdio.com

Leaders in Superior are making sure kids know how to stay safe.

The safety workshop was for kids and their parents, too. It was the idea of Mike Almond, a Superior resident and father of four girls.

"I actually saw what happened in Philadelphia a few months ago when they snatched a kid off the street," said Almond. "And I have four little girls."

So Almond teamed up with Superior Police, Douglas County, and CASDA to help kids out throughout Superior, teaching them how to stay safe.

"It's for kids to have that power to recognize unsafe situations and to stand up for themselves," said Community Policing Officer Bonnie Beste.

Each child started a Child Identification kit with a recent photo and fingerprint. Parents keep the kit home in a safe place in case their child ever disappears.

The workshop was more than just how to avoid strangers, it also taught kids how to recognize "safe" and "unsafe" feelings.

"Most children are not abused by strangers, it's by someone they know," said Officer Beste.

Nearly 80 children attended the workshop. They ranged in age from 3 to 12 years old.