APD offers child, home safety help this Saturday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson said that his department will offer more than just a car wash at its Saturday Relay for Life fundraiser.

The APD has several free programs including Child I.D. kits, Project Safekeeping and Civilian Firearm Safety Classes.

“We are excited to offer these to the community while we raise money for a great cause,” Hudson said.

The Child I.D. kits will include taking a child’s fingerprints and a photo.

“The photo may change of a child,” Hudson said. “But a set of fingerprints will never change. It is something we can keep on file in case something terrible does happen.”

Project Safekeeping will be offered for free to the community and it will include a form for people to write down their valuable items’ serial numbers and it will also be kept on file.

“Most people don’t think about writing their serial numbers down,” Hudson said. “They forget about their guns mostly, but they can write down the TV serial number, playstation or anything else they hold valuable and we will keep it in a file.”

Hudson said that serial numbers are very important in their search for stolen items.

“We can’t enter anything in the National Database without a serial number to verify it is the right thing,” Hudson said. “We just want to help them in the best way that we can.”

The APD will also have free sign-ups for the Civilian Firearm Safety Classes. There are two dates available in May for the Firearm Safety Class with 20 participant limit per class, participants must be 18 or older and each participant must bring their own weapons and ammunition. The first class will also be women only.

“We will teach people how to hold their firearm, shoot it and the laws that go along with it,” Hudson said. “In this job we are trained how to use a firearm, but if civilians don’t know how to use it, it increases the danger. It will take your life if you don’t know to operate it.”

Hudson said that these classes will be the best way to prepare the community for handling a firearm.

This will be the first year that the APD will be doing a car wash as their Relay for Life fundraiser. In the past, they have done a fundraiser called Arrest a Friend.

“We can’t ever do enough for cancer research,” Hudson said. “You never know when it’s going to be you or someone in your family, so we are happy to do this.”

The car wash will be on Sat., April 7, from 7:30 a.m. until noon, and it will cost $10. All of the proceeds will go to Relay for Life.