Dozens of families took steps in protecting their children by having the Lubbock Police Department take their fingerprints on Saturday.
It's National Missing Children's Day, and several sponsors and agencies came out to the South Plains Mall to give children and their families some fun activities to participate in while learning more about child safety.
Officer Cody Brenon with the LPD said having children's fingerprints is crucial to finding their families if the child is ever missing or stolen.
"We are doing the fingerprints, which is the most important part out here, just to be able to get them in our database just in case they do go lost. Some of the kids, like I was talking to a kid earlier who couldn't tell me his name, couldn't tell me his parents' name, couldn't tell me where he was from, nothing. But if we have his fingerprints, at least we can find out some information about him because he will be in our database."
Brenon said the event is also a good opportunity for children to get acquainted with police officers and learn that they are there to help.
The fingerprints were then given to the parents after each identificaton kit was completed.
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