Laurens Police Department to Present Annual Safetypup® Program

March 27, 2023

The Laurens Police Department (LPD) will present a child safety and drug education program to reach children kindergarten through 5th grade.

LPD is participating in the National Child Safety Council’s Safetypup® program again this year. The program promotes the importance of staying safe and drug free, and will reach children ages 5 through 12 throughout the Laurens area.

The National Child Safety Council (NCSC) is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3), federal tax exempt-organization. NCSC is solely dedicated to the safety and well being of our young children. NCSC began the well known missing children milk carton program in 1985. Their “Safetypup®” mascot has appeared on milk cartons with one line safety and drug prevention.

The NCSC will provide the police department with diversified safety and drug education materials used by the department in teaching young people how to stay safe and drug free, and includes the importance of internet safety. The program also includes materials to heighten parent and guardian involvement and reinforce the messages at home with the children.

“Safetypup® is the mascot for the council, and appears on every piece of material the children receive. Safetypup® is a super hero and role model for the children,” Chief Grounsell stated.

The Laurens Police Department is currently mailing letters of request to the area business, industrial, professional, military, and fraternal organizations seeking their financial support of this most worthwhile program. In appreciation for their help, the sponsor’s names are placed on the work study manuals the children receive.

“Other programs are available to our department, however, the council has up-to-date and diversified materials targeting specific areas that can affect the lives of our young children,” said Chief Grounsell. “We appreciate the support our community leaders have given our program over the past years. Without their much needed help, our program would not be successful. The contributions received reflect the sincere dedication to the safety of our youth,” the Chief continued.

Anyone who would like to be included as a sponsor and help support this worthwhile program please feel free to send your donation. Checks should be made payable to the National Child Safety Council, and mailed to the Laurens Police Department, 201 West Main Street, Suite B, Laurens, SC 29360, attention Chief Keith Grounsell. The donation website for online contributions is PROGRAM# SC 30-C-03 Your prompt remittance will assure your recognition on all materials.