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Police Department receives grant for child safety seats

Funds will be used to purchase convertible seats for families in need

Post Date:08/12/2019 12:40 pm

The Shakopee Police Department recently received a $1,500 grant from Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative's Operation Round-Up to expand its Child Passenger Safety program to provide car seats to families in need.

The grant will purchase approximately 15 convertible car seats to be available to officers following emergencies, as well as distributed to families in need at community events like Project Community Connect and through Shakopee Community Assistance.

Over the past several years, Program Coordinator Officer Michelle Schmidt has seen a large increase in the number of families who cannot afford car seats, are using expired or damaged seats or have an immediate need for a car seat following a car accident or fire. The car seat will be accompanied with additional safety information to ensure parents are using the seats properly.

Free car seat safety clinic Sept. 27

The Shakopee Police Department in partnership with SafeKids.org is hosting a free car seat safety clinic Friday, Sept. 27 at Shakopee Fire Station 1, 2700 Vierling Drive E. Certified technicians will teach you how to install and se child restraints properly, as well as answer questions. This is an appointment-only event.

Schedule an appointment between noon and 2 p.m. by contact Schmidt at mschmidt@ShakopeeMN.gov or 952-233-9464.

Learn more about the department's Child Passenger Safety program, visit www.ShakopeeMN.gov/police.

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Contact: Officer Michelle Schmidt, 952-233-9464, mschmidt@ShakopeeMN.gov

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