Wednesday, August 3, 2005
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Clayton News Daily
By Ed Brock
Morrow police mixed fun with safety for their "National Night Out" program on Tuesday.
During the picnic like gathering in the park next to Morrow City Hall on Jonesboro Road the event sponsor Target department store provided ice cream and watermelon while officers distributed National Child Identification Kits, said Morrow Police Lt. Ben Mance.
The kit allows parents to store important information about their children, including fingerprints and photographs.
"It's got a DNA sample envelope," Mance said. "You can take a strand of hair or a fingernail clipping and it can be used for DNA identification if necessary."
Every parent should have information like that readily available, Mance said. If any kits are left over they will be left at the Morrow Police Department headquarters on Murphy Drive.
"We'll give them out as long as they last," Mance said.
National Night Out is a program that is intended to heighten communities' awareness of crime and drug prevention that began in 1984, Mance said.