The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that they have taken the steps to become a better resource for the citizens of Jasper County when it comes to child passenger safety. At the beginning of June, the Sheriff’s office sent two deputies, Deputy Britton and Deputy Burdt, to a National Child Passenger Safety Technician certification training program in Norwalk, IA. Both deputies demonstrated the ability to educate and help caregivers with the correct selection, installation, and use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts and are now Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians.
According to various reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car seat, booster seat, and seat belt misuse vary from 74 to 90 percent. The Sheriff’s Office would like to help educate the public on how to properly secure the young citizens of this county by offering appointments and checkup events that will be made available at the Sheriff’s office and also around the smaller communities in the county.
If you would like to have a one on one experience with either certified CPS Technicians, an appointment can be made via the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, and typically after the 6:00pm timeframe, this will make it easier to ensure that either deputy is working and can make themselves available. Some things to have during an appointment would be your vehicle’s owner manual, your child safety seat and its owner manual, and a willingness to learn. An appointment can last anywhere from 20 minutes to one (1) hour, depending on how many questions you have or what we can do to assist you so that we can better secure your child.
In the near future, the Sheriff’s Office will be working with communities throughout the county, to try to arrange a checkup event so that we can help those that aren’t able to make it to the Sheriff’s Office in Newton. These events will be held at a location where people can bring their vehicles and child safety seats to be looked at by CPS Technicians and also raise awareness on properly restraining children.
Our first public event will take place on July 17 th , 2016 between the hours of 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM at the Jasper County Fair, in Colfax, during Public Safety Day. If you have an interest in having a checkup at the Jasper County Fair during this time period, please contact us via Facebook or call 641-792- 5912 and leave a voicemail for Deputy Burdt. He will arrange an appointment time for your safety check.
Please like the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page to stay tuned for more information about child passenger safety seats, and to make sure you are aware of upcoming events that may be coming to your community.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUTHORITY LT. AARON GROVES