The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office conducts child safety seat inspections for the community free of charge. To ensure that children are riding safely, the Sheriff‘s Office conducts free monthly child safety seat events at the Fairfax County Courthouse Complex to instruct and assist parents and caregivers. Sheriff’s deputies trained as “County Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians” (by attending a 50-hour week-long school) check over 1,000 child safety seats every year and find that 80-90 percent have not been installed correctly.
At free events all around Fairfax County, Sheriff’s Deputies and volunteer Reserve Deputies fingerprint, photograph and measure a child; add any demographic information a parent provides; and then produce a plastic identification card for the parent’s safekeeping. To protect the privacy of the family, none of the information is retained by the Sheriff’s Office. For families in our community, this card could be the key to assisting law enforcement agencies should their child ever become missing. For the children, the process of producing the card offers a fun and positive experience interacting with law enforcement officers.
The Crime Prevention Unit conducts threat and safety assessments for business and community organizations. Crime Prevention deputies also conduct safety seminars for community groups, places of worship and businesses. National Night Out, held on the first Tuesday in August, is the Crime Prevention Unit’s largest community service event of the year. During the annual event, deputies meet residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations at their neighborhood-hosted activities. National Night Out promotes community involvement in crime prevention activities, fosters neighborhood camaraderie and establishes partnerships between the Sheriff‘s Office and the community.