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Jacksonville plans children’s identification event this weekend

The Jacksonville Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association will be conducting a free children’s identification event at the Jacksonville Wal-Mart on John Harden Drive. It will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

This is an opportunity to promote public awareness of the importance of having up-to-date information on the children available for the police department in case of emergency. There will be association members trained by the Arkansas State Police available to fingerprint the kids and give instruction on the identification kits for parents or guardians.

The association is also in the process of having fund raisers for the Jacksonville Police Department’s K-9 Unit. A replacement is needed for Roby, a long-time member of the Unit and department asset who would like to retire after years of dedicated service.

“We all know whether you are human or canine there comes a time to relax and enjoy life after years of work,” said Barbie Mellinger, JCPAAA Fund Raising Chairman.

Some of K-9 Unit’s handlers, Officer Regina Boyd, Unit Supervisor, K-9 Handlers Officers Hicks or Officer Alberson will be at Walmart with their canines to do a “meet and greet” with the public.

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