Pennington County Sheriff’s Office offers tips to keep track of children at fair
While the Central States Fair is fun for the entire family, law enforcement officials are working to ensure the fair’s youngest fans remain safe.
The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says they’re handling a number of lost children on a daily basis. The number of lost children is about average compared to previous years. However, sheriff’s deputies say familiar issues still persist. Parents will often drop their children off without any supervision, which creates a number of problems.
The sheriff’s office is handling security at the fair, and Sgt. Chris Hislip shared a few tips to keep kids safe.
“It would be helpful if they would take a picture of their child prior to going to the fair,” Hislip said. “So we can get a picture of what they’re wearing – what they look like. And then that’s also easily disseminated to the other deputies that are at the fair – working the fair. Along with our security officers, I can easily and quickly get that photo out so where they can help find that child.”
Officials also suggested writing the parent’s phone number on the child’s arm or meeting at the Command Center right behind the Grandstand.