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.
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. For more information on Project Childsafe, please go to; http://www.projectchildsafe.org/
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 to gun owners free of charge. Since 2003, Project Childsafe has distributed more than 35 million safety kits to gun owners all across the country.
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; http://www.projectchildsafe.org/safetyKits/.
The Sandy Springs Police Department does offer the kits, but due to the limited number, we can only offer them to Sandy Springs residents. If you live in Sandy Springs, please come by the front desk at police headquarters, , during normal business hours to get free your kit.
Now, for some shameless plugs. The Sandy Springs Police Department offers a firearms safety class one Wednesday a month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. We also provide a self defense class for women on one Thursday each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lastly, for kids 8 to 12 years old, we offer a class in children’s safety with an emphasis on child abduction and bullying prevention.
The Sandy Springs Police Department also has an Explorer Program for kids 14 to 21 years old that are interested in the Law Enforcement Field.
We also offer 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.
Officer Larry Jacobs is the Crime Prevention Officer for the Sandy Springs Police Department. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.