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Lubbock police host child safety day at South Plains Mall

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock police officers spent much of the day at the South Plains Mall on Saturday - not for an emergency, but for an event aimed at keeping kids safe.

"Today is National Missing Children's Day, so we are fingerprinting children. We are giving out packets to help (parents) identify their children if something bad happens," said Sgt. Jason Lewis with the Lubbock Police Department.

May 25th has been observed as National Missing Children's Day since 1983. It was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan and has been observed by every administration since.

May 25th is the anniversary of the day in 1979 when a 6-year-old boy, Etan Patz, disappeared from a New York street corner on his way to school.

"Any child, it's always heartbreaking when something happens to a child," said Sol Deleon who brought his three kids to the event.  

The child identification kit included a place for fingerprints, a picture, identifiable marks, a growth chart, and other specific information.

"When the officer shows up at your door, you don't wanna be looking through boxes trying to find a picture to give the officer," Sgt. Lewis said.

"You're gonna be flustered.  So just have it, hand it to the officer, he'll call it in to the police department, turn the picture in, and we'll get it out to the media and we'll find them," he said.

"With everything going on in the world today it's always better to be safe than sorry, not play the what-if game or we had that chance to be proactive, so we decided to go ahead and do it," said Deleon holding one of his kids.

LPD motorcycle and K-9 officers were also there providing show-and-tell for the kids.

Sgt. Lewis says he wants today to serve as a reminder to the nation to make child safety a national priority.

The event was held in the east parking lot of the mall near Slide Road and Olive Garden, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you would like a child identification kit, just stop by the Lubbock Police Department and pick up a packet for free at the front desk.

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