Officer Jeff Smith Provides Child-Safety-Seat Checks
The City of Union Police Department now has a child safety seat certified technician, Officer Jeff Smith. This certification is provided through the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program. (cert.safekids.org). Officer Smith attended the extensive 32-hour course in April 2013. The course was taught through a combination of hands-on activities, lectures and discussion of a wide variety of child restraint and vehicle-belt systems. Officer Smith learned about crash dynamics, injury, prevention strategies, child-restraint selection and installation and vehicle occupant protection.
As a certified technician, Officer Smith will put his knowledge to work through a variety of activities, including community presentations and/or child safety seat checks where parents and caregivers receive education and hands-on assistance with the proper use of child restraint systems and seat belts. A majority of parents still misuse their child restraints and need help to get it right.