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City police host town hall on child passenger safety

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

The first of several town hall meetings hosted by the Fayetteville Police Department to raise public awareness on safety matters will be held Monday, Sept. 30.

Child passenger safety will be the topic of the first meeting to be held at the Fayetteville Municipal Building from 6 until 7 p.m.

This meeting will be an open question and answer public forum. Patrolmen Mark Browning and Kostyantyn Afisov will be discussing the “dos and don’ts” of transporting children in vehicles. Both officers took classes to become Certified Car Seat Technicians for the police department.

At this meeting, police will not be checking car seats, but later this year, they will offer car seat checkpoints so that individuals can make sure seats are installed properly. In the meantime, for those not sure if a child’s seat is installed correctly, they can drop by the Fayetteville Police Department to have it checked.

Future meetings will involve other safety issues.

“We’ll take suggestions from the public,” said Browning.

“Police Chief Richard Howell and I would like to have quarterly meetings – short meetings – and each time cover a different topic,” said Browning.

These meetings will give the public an opportunity to talk face to face with officers and discuss safety issues about which they are concerned.