Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Child registration with the Korean National Police, the SAFETY Dream Program

In 2014 Min Hee’s daddy was given information on registering young children with the Korean National Police (KNP).  We went to a local police box ( Small sub-station ) and asked for help in registering our daughter in the SAFETY Dream program.  The police officers were happy to help and were very gentle with Min Hee.  Step one is to give basic information on the parents.  This includes address and contact information.  Then information on the child or children will be collected and entered into the database.
“Hello Mr. Policeman.”
They will take a photo of the child’s face. This photo should be updated anytime there are changes in appearance from age, scars, surgeries, or if the child needs to wear prescription eyewear.
Next, a fingerprint will be taken.  This is speed location if the child is separated from parents and found by authorities.  This will speed contact from authorities to parents especially in situation like a lost child in an amusement park or large event.
“Why are you taking a picture of my finger?”
Information such as height, weight, special identifying mark such as scars or birthmarks are all added to the database and may actually be updated online, using the smart device application, or a visit to a local police box ( sub-station ).  The whole process took less than ten minutes for the initial registration and about two or three minutes to update the photograph.  It is quick and easy.
“Daddy, all done? Let’s go eat chicken gizzards!”

Tips to reduce the chances of a lost or missing child
● Do not leave your child alone at home

Even when you go out for a short time, do not leave you child alone. Especially, when your child is asleep, never leave him/her alone because he/she may go outside to find you if they wake up. If you need to go out, ask a reliable relative or neighbor to look after your child.
Three don’ts for your children: don’t leave them alone, don’t starve them, don’t hit them.
● Be with your child at all times

Even if you are in a place near your home, do not leave your child alone at any time. Particularly, be cautious at nearby department stores, supermarkets, shopping malls, theaters, parks, public toilets. Also, it is dangerous to let your child go to the toilet or go on an errand alone, or to leave him/her alone in the car.

● Use items to prevent missing accidents

If your child is too young to talk, or cannot talk because of disabilities, have them wear protective items, such as name tags. Keep the name and contact numbers hidden under your child’s clothes or shoes because children with such information can lure strangers, and be a target of kidnappers

● Remember some details about your child

Knowing the details of your child, such as his/her height, weight, birth date, physical characteristics, and habits can be useful in case of his/her missing. It is also important to remember what your child wore every day and keep a card of details of your child at home.

● Learn your child’s schedule and his/her close friends

If your child doesn’t come home, you would immediately know who you have to contact only when you know his/her schedule well. You should know where and with whom your child is when he/she is out.

When your child goes out, ask him/her where and with who he/she is going and when he/she will get back. And discipline them to keep their promises.

● Take pictures of your children regularly

The most valuable information in a missing accident is photos of the child. Pictures that are too old may not be helpful because children grow very fast. Make sure to take photos of your children regularly.

Note: These tips were taken directly from the KNPEnglish web site
Here is a link to the Home Page for the Korean National Police SAFETY Dream English version. http://www.safe182.go.kr/index.do