Posted on 11th November 2016
Families visiting the Chesterfield Christmas lights switch on event are being urged to take advantage of an initiative to help reunite lost children with their parents or carers.
Parents and carers are being encouraged to take a photograph of their child in front of the specially designed banners at the event on Sunday, November 20.
Then, if a child then becomes separated from their parents or carers, there is an up-to-date photograph and description of the child and what they are wearing which can be shown to police or event staff.
Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Dave Nicholls said: “This is a simple idea which can really help find children who may become separated from their families during what is expected to be a busy event.
“Most parents have a camera feature on their phone, for example, and will be able to quickly show that photo to police or event staff if their child is lost. Having a recent and accurate description is vital in helping to find a child quickly, especially in a situation where parents can be understandably distressed or may not remember exactly what their youngster is dressed in.”
Sgt. Nicholls added: “I would urge parents to look out for these banners at the event and to make sure they get a picture of their child just in case they should get lost.”
The initiative was first launched by Derbyshire Constabulary in July, and has been used at a large number of events across the county since, including the Chatsworth Show, numerous summer fates and Matlock Bath Illuminations.
You can find out more information about the Chesterfield Christmas lights switch on event at the Destination Chesterfield website: www.chesterfield.co.uk