- Know everything you can about your children’s activities and their friends. Monitor children’s activities and participate with them. Don’t allow children to play alone in isolated areas.
- Teach your children about strangers AND to be aware of unusual behavior in people they know. Teach them to listen to their feelings and that it is okay to say no if any adults (including family members) ask them to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Teach your children to refuse anything from strangers, including money, gifts or rides. Know where new items come from.
- Teach your children how to safely answer the phone if they are at home alone such as stating the adult in the house is “unavailable” to come to the phone.
- Teach your children to keep a safe distance from strangers and not to give strangers directions for help, finding lost pets, etc. Adults need to get help from other adults.
- Teach children to use the buddy system when walking home from school, sports activities, etc. The age-old rule of there’s safety in numbers is a primary safety precaution.
- Use secret codes with your children (for use to positively identify each other or to ask for help).
- Teach your children (including teens) to check first with you before going anywhere. Children need to let parents know where they are going, how they will get there, who will be going along with them, and when they will return home.
- Develop a family plan stressing where to meet if lost, when you are away from home. Do not have children meet you in the parking lot. Inside the store, shopping mall or amusement park are much safer places to meet. Teach them their phone number AND area code.
- Do not place your children’s names on their clothing or on the outside of their possessions.
- Teach your children to say NO to anyone attempting to touch them on the part(s) of their bodies covered by a swimming suit.
- Teach your children to say NO, then GET AWAY, and TELL SOMEONE if a person bothers them.
- Join with other concerned parents to set up safety systems for your neighborhood.
- Teach your children about appropriate and inappropriate secrets and that some secrets have to be told if children and parents are to be kept safe.
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Senior phone patrol members
Received advocacy services
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Notice regarding COVID-19
In an attempt to provide the best service we can to our community, the Sparks Police Department will be implementing several preventative measures to help reduce or prevent the exposure and spread of Covid-19. These changes will begin 11/16/2020. This temporary altering and or reduction in services is only temporary and is designed to help reduce exposure to both our community and our employees. The Sparks Police Department is committed to placing our community first and this is an effort to keep our staff healthy and available to assist our community’s emergent needs. These changes in services are only temporary. Non-Essential Services will be suspended until further notice. All Work Permits Fingerprint Cards Additionally, the following services will be provided online or via mail only until further notice: Criminal History Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Case Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Convicted Persons Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Sex Offender Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Our front desk will be open by appointment only. We ask for your patience during this time as there may be longer than usual waiting times. For more information please contact the Records Department at (775) 353-2279.Get more information about how to use Essential Services with Sparks Police