ASK A COP
With all of the spring and summer events, I'm worried about my children becoming lost or separated from me. Are there steps I can take to prevent this and help facilitate their quick and safe return?
I don't have kids, but I do love my dog. To prevent my dog from becoming separated from me, I keep her on a leash. While this may be considered inappropriate by some for children, I have seen a harness/leash system specifically for kids.
Also, since I want my dog returned should she become separated from me despite my best efforts, I have a collar on her with a tag that has my cellphone number. A good idea might be to have a necklace or bracelet for your child that has your cellphone number on it. Or write your cellphone number on their wrist or forearm with a permanent marker and cover it with liquid Band-Aid. It is also a good idea to put a business card in your child's pocket.
Many times we have a lost child but have no way of knowing where the parent is or how to contact them. As Lt. Doug Treat is fond of saying, "We seldom have a lost child; we know where the child is. We usually have a lost parent."
Now, if we do have the parent but don't know where the child is, it would help us if you took a full-length photo of your child on the day of the event and keep it in your cellphone. This will provide the police with an accurate description of your child's clothing and a recent description of facial features and hair style. Additionally, if the unthinkable separation happens, you can text or email the photo to the police department and we can put it into the Active 911 Text System. That way, all the good citizens of Lake Oswego who are signed up for that service can be on the lookout for your missing child.
Remember, these tips are good not only for Lake Oswego but for events in any city; any police department looking for your lost child or looking for a lost parent would be happy if you had had the foresight to keep your child safe using any or all of these tips.
For more information on the Active 911 Text System or how to sign up for the service, contact Police Records at 503-635-0250.
— CSO Dan Phillips