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AFSCME Keeping Kids Safe in Seymour
Local 564 President John Martin, far right, helps launch the Child ID Program in Seymour.
Recent parent-teacher conferences in the Seymour Public Schools included an added emphasis on safety with the distribution of child identification kits made possible through a national partnership between AFSCME and the National Child Identification Program (NCIP).
"We do a lot of missing person cases where the families don't have the pertinent information readily available" Martin said. "Having the information contained in these kits available to us will help expedite the investigation so we can get in front of the case."
Jennifer and Yugo Ferreira, who have two young children, received their kits during their parent-teacher conference on Nov. 14.
When Seymour School Security Director Richard Kearns learned that AFSCME had partnered with NCIP, he reached out to NCIP Program Director Kenny Hansmire and Officer Martin, who in turn contacted Council 4 to have the kits sent to Seymour. Kearns, a retired Wallingford police officer and AFSCME member, worked with Martin to arrange the program launch and logistics.
"Having a kit is important because it contains about 85 percent of what law enforcement needs to start a missing child investigation," said Mark Salmans, director of operations for the National Child Identification Program.
Pictured above from left, Kindergarten Teacher Katie Furino; Bungay School Assistant Principal Lauren Reid; Bungay School Principal Mary Sue Feige; Seymour schools Director of Security Richard Kearns, Police Chief Michael Metzler, Deputy Police Chief Paul Satkowski, Community Police Officer John Harkins and Officer Jonathan Martin; and seated, parents Jennifer and Hugo Ferreira.
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