SafeKids: Out of Harm's Way is an initiative designed by the Norristown Police Department (NPD) to minimize the risks that children face at home, school and in their community through education and community outreach. A primary goal of the Out of Harm's Way initiative is to reduce the risk of tragic firearm accidents, especially among young children.
SafeKids: Out of Harm's Way is an innovative, comprehensive approach to violence prevention with three components:
- Youth Education: NPD Officers provide children with the skills to recognize trouble situations and steps to take to ensure their safety. Based on the national model Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program, children learn vital lessons through four easy-to-remember steps to take if they find or see a gun; "Stop! Don't touch, Leave the area, Tell an adult." Officers provide safety education at school and community locations.
- Parent Education: Parents play a key role in monitoring the behavior and safety of their children. Providing children with the knowledge and skills to avoid danger is a daunting task for many parents. Through Out of Harm's Way, NPD officers educate groups of parents regarding safety lessons to reinforce at home with their children to help kids reduce their risk of becoming a victim or perpetrator of violence.
- Community Outreach: Federal statistics reveal that there are guns in approximately 42% of all U.S. households. Firearms present a risk to kids in their homes and in their community. NPD officers participate in community events to educate residents regarding responsible gun ownership, as well as to distribute free gun locks. Free gun locks are available to borough residents at the Norristown Police Station.