Safety event at the Brown County Sheriff’s Office

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office would like to invite the public to a community safety event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Sheriff’s office. We will provide free hot dogs, chips and pop to the first 200 people. There will be certified child safety seat techs from Amberwell, as well as the Sheriff’s office, on site to check car seats. The Hiawatha Police Department will be partnering with us on this event also.

We will also offer fingerprinting for all children, as well as a bicycle obstacle course and safety information. Many parents have requested fingerprinting for their children. We have complete Child ID kits with fingerprints and DNA that we will be providing free of charge to parents and caregivers. Staff will fingerprint your children and all documents will be given back to parents to keep for their records.

This ID kit also includes emergency phone and contact numbers, as well as dental chart, a place for a photo and any physical identifying characteristics your child may have.

Each year over 800,00 children are reported missing, so we feel this is a very worthwhile project for our county. We hope to see as many as possible for this event.

Safety concerns for students

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the senseless shooting in Uvalde, Texas. This type of tragedy is something that is so very hard to comprehend as to why anyone would want to harm another, especially small children and teachers who are utterly defenseless.

We are at the point where we have to be vigilant on providing protection for our own schools. Options are being weighed that would enable a certified law enforcement officer to be present in our schools while in session, as well as addressing other safety concerns that may arise.

I have had many citizens express their valid concerns about the safety of our children at school, and it has not fallen on deaf ears. County Commissioner Lehmkuhl has contacted city, local and state law enforcement, as well as school officials, to come up with a plan to better protect our school children and staff. We are at the point where all entities are coming together to make sure adequate funding is secured to provide safety measures for our children.

Children should not to be afraid of going to school. We owe students and staff a safe environment where they can focus on learning.

Please be respectful while families and communities are mourning the loss of their loved ones.

John Merchant17 Posts

John Merchant currently serves as Brown County (Kansas) Sheriff.

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