Marion NC Chapter #1428, Morganton, NC Chapter #1`382, Gastonia, NC Chapter #1536, and lodge #1303 and Belmont Chapter #1625 held an April 28th ID event at the Nebo Fire Department and ID’d 77 kids and 4 seniors! Great job, North Carolina!
If you’ve ever driven on Main Street in Salem perhaps you’ve noticed the billboard of Erik Estrada above the Moose Lodge.
It’s been there for about eight years and it’s starting to peel off.
The message is about the importance of protecting children from sexual predators on the internet, and is put on by safesurfin.org.
The lodge has decided to update the sign, this time it will feature Shaquille O’Neal. The message will remain though.
The new sign should be up soon.
A Fort Mill organization is bringing a system to parents and guardians that may make it easier to find missing children or those at risk, including elderly people with dementia.
For the elderly, especially those with cognitive loss, wandering from home or areas of care can happen, said Beth Sulkowski, regional spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Wandering is a very common problem with people who have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia,” she said. “The first 24 hours are vital in locating the person and returning them to safety.”
The Fort Mill Area Moose Lodge hosted an event Sunday for community members to create an electronic ID for their children, parents and other family members.
The digital ID system records a person’s fingerprints and photographs and burns them to a CD or thumb drive for their parent or guardian to provide to law enforcement in the event their loved one goes missing, said Jane Medlin-Smith, a spokesperson with the Lodge. All personal data is erased from the computer after it is collected and burned to the CD.
There have been incidents of local people going missing.
A 74-year-old Lancaster man went missing from an adult care center in December 2016. Police later found his body. In July 2017, a 72-year-old Rock Hill man with early onset dementia was found safe in Aiken County after he was missing for about eight hours.
To provide the IDs, chapters of the Loyal Order of Moose, a fraternal service organization, partner with the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, Medlin-Smith said. The Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that aims to prevent children from becoming the victims of internet predators, provides the EZ child / Elderly ID kits and all necessary forms to the Moose lodges and chapters.
Safe Surfin’ was founded in 2000 by Sheriff Michael Brown and Robin Sundquist of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia and partners with the U.S. Department of Justice, according to the foundation.
Every day, 2,000 children are reported missing and thousands of elderly wander off, according to Safe Surfin’.
Local mom Christina Benitez came Sunday to create an ID for her 7-year-old son Justin.
“It’s useful to have an ID at all times,” Benitez said.
Fort Mill resident Kathy Welch brought her 90-year-old mother to the event. She said the ID kit brings her peace of mind.
“When they get up in age, sometimes their mind gets forgetful and you just never know when something might happen,” she said. “It’s good to have the information on her.”
Sulkowski said six out of 10 people with dementia will wander at some point. She said it stems from the disorientation they are experiencing that may make them believe they should be somewhere else or want to go home.
Being restless, pacing or saying they need to go home or get somewhere are warning sings a person may wander, Sulkowski said. She said caregivers should let their local law enforcement know if they are caring for someone who might wander from home.
To learn more about the EZ child / EZ elderly kits, visit the Safe Surfin’ Foundation’s website or call 540-583-6520.
For more information on wandering safety, visit alz.org/safety.
For information on upcoming ID events, call the Fort Mill Moose Lodge at 803-547-4204.
Original Article Link: http://www.heraldonline.com/news/local/article206764274.html
TAZEWELL, Va. — The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department unveiled updated technology on Thursday morning for their “Cop in a Box” program which helps capture internet predators who download child pornography.
Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt said the Cop in a Box program is a part of the Internet Crimes Against Children initiative. “It’s a computer that has the ability to go out and search for people downloading child pornography,” Hieatt said. “Once this computer tells that it has been downloaded, it gives us an IP address were we start an investigation and we can find which house that the child pornography was downloaded on. We find out who’s computer and then we can make charges from there.”
Hieatt said Sheriff Mike Brown of Bedford County, Va. was at the event on Thursday. “He is the national sheriff of the year,” Hieatt said. “His office controls this part of the state and we branched off of him. He’s done a lot for the internet crimes (initiative).”
Hieatt said the Tazewell Moose Lodge purchased the new Cop in a Box system. “They partner with the Safe Surfin’ Foundation,” Hieatt said. “They promote education and awareness of how dangerous the internet is. Without the help of the Moose Lodge there’s a lot of people who would not have been caught.”
According to Hieatt, the old Cop in a Box computer system was worn out, but the new technology is up and going. “It’s up and going,” Hieatt said. “We’re in a new and upgraded Cop in a Box. We’ve done a lot of work and made a lot of changes.”
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Monica Pinedo, West Coast Director of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, was invited to speak at the Young Latina Empowerment conference in Cerritos, California, March 24th. Monica presented a workshop that focused on emotional health and it’s connection to social media and human trafficking. This event was sponsored by the ABC Unified School District. Monica was also happy to welcome 8 young women who expressed an interest in volunteering to help with other Safe Surfin’ events in California.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A mother on a mission is teaming up with lawmakers more than a decade after her daughter vanished.
Bethany Markowski was last seen in early March 2001, and the day of her disappearance may soon be recognized across the state as a day of awareness for countless families still searching.
According to her mother, Bethany was a kind, smart, sassy 11-year-old.
“Loved to sing, didn’t want you to watch her, so you had to turn your back while she would sing into a brush and dance,” explained Jonnie Carter. “She’s got a really good heart, really kind heart.”
Bethany reportedly visited a mall in Jackson, Tennessee, with her father 16 years ago.
“She was on second visitation with her father,” said Carter. “He had taken a nap out in the parking lot… He let Bethany go into the mall, and she’s gone.”
Bethany hasn’t been seen since.
Unconfirmed “sightings” have poured in through the years, 16 years of leads that led to nowhere, leading to questions from Jonnie.
“Bethany is not 11 anymore. What if she doesn’t like me?” asked Jonnie. “What if she doesn’t love me? What if she blames me for not finding her?”
It’s a case that’s haunted Jackson police as well.
“It’s very close to me. Bethany and my daughter would be the same age,” said Captain Mike Holt to WBBJ-TV back in 2014. “Always want to believe that we’re gonna find her alive.”
This case has now inspired lawmakers with close friend Rep. Darren Jernigan filing legislation this session to honor Bethany and all missing people.
“I can’t find her child, but I can help bring awareness to it,” noted Jernigan.
Awareness would come through a new bill marking Bethany’s disappearance date, March 4th, as Tennessee Missing Children’s Day.
“With nearly 70 children missing in Tennessee, it’s an opportunity to pick a day,” said Jernigan. “Share with these families that we care about what they’re doing.”
“I cried for three days when he told me that. I cry every time I think about it,” added Jonnie.
Now, as the bill makes its way to the floor, Jonnie hopes this March 4th will be for her and other Tennessee families who refuse to give up.
“It’s beyond anything I could ever imagine,” said Jonnie. “I know Bethany would be proud of this.”
Anyone with information in Bethany’s disappearance is urged to contact TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
Original Article Link: WKRN.com
The National Sheriffs have announced their campaign which will help provide ballistic vest protection to officers throughout the country. Their limited addition Inauguration Badge is being offered for sale with proceeds to fund the Safe Surfin’ Foundation’s ballistic vest program. Because of budget shortfalls throughout the country, over 200,000 law enforcement officers go to work every day without ballistic protection. Safe Surfin’, a non-profit foundation, has been raising funds to supply these officers the life saving protection they so desperately need.
In the effort to expand continued Internet safety education to as many young people as possible, the Safe Surfin’ Foundation,(SSF) under the guidance of Chairman, Sheriff Mike Brown, announces the implementation of the Cyber S.W.A.T. Team; Safety While Accessing Technology.
This program utilizes the training of high school students in the delivery of age-appropriate Internet safety lessons, and then the senior students take these safety messages to the middle and elementary grades.
The first Cyber S.W.A.T. Team is already in full-swing at Jefferson Forest High School where they are currently promoting their Cyber Safety Week, raising awareness of Online safety and how to best avoid falling victim to online sexual predators, to hundreds of students at their school.
The second Cyber S.W.A.T. pilot program is slated for the Los Angeles School district beginning the first of the year. This program will be made available in Spanish to benefit the youth of Hispanic communities.
Thursday is the official ‘kick off’ of Cyber S.W.A.T. at JFHS, with lots of surprises and fun-while-learning events for students and faculty.
The media is invited to attend the announcement on
Thursday, December 8th, 8:30 am
Jefferson Forest High School Library
to learn about the Cyber S.W.A.T. program and the plans to roll this out as a nation-wide project.
More detailed information on this innovative program will be available at the media event.
Contact: Robin Sundquist
Deputy Director – SSF