Bristol fingerprints kids for safety

Bristol Police Officer Mike Heckathorn is shown fingerprinting 8 year old Bristol resident Matthew Cummings at the Bristol Public Library on Nov. 18.

BRISTOL — Bristol Fire Department visited the Bristol Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 18 to help children get fingerprinted.

BPD officer Mike Heckathorn was in house to visit and discuss safety with children while fingerprinting each of their fingers on both the left and the right hand.

He explained to the children that fingerprints are unique to each individual and can help to identify children if lost or taken away.

“Parents would have this card on hand for the law enforcement to be able to identify the child if they are found,” he explained.

Parents took pamphlets home with additional information and their child’s prints.

“We’re using it as well to teach kids not to go up to strangers and people they don’t know or not talk to anybody without Mom’s and Dad’s permission. This is a good way to get both of those tasks completed.”

While this was the first time for the Bristol Police Department to participate in an activity like this, Heckathorn suggests that there is a possibility for another event in the future.

“This is just another way that our department is trying to interact with our community more especially the children of our community so that they are comfortable approaching police officers and telling them if there’s problem somewhere or just saying ‘Hi,’” he said, “It just helps with the complete involvement between us and the community.”

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