The Kyle Police Department is working with DFPS to provide gun locks to homes in need

The Kyle Police Department will provide 200 gun locks to families with firearms to protect children from firearm accidents.

KYLE, Texas—The Kyle Police Department (KPD) is working with the Hays and Caldwell County Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to provide additional security measures for households with guns.

In a Facebook post, the KPD said it would provide investigators from the Child Protection Service (CPS) with 200 weapon locks. This move is part of a larger initiative: Project Child Safe.

Most child firearm-related accidents occur while children are in the care of a parent or adult. Participating police departments and CPS are working with Project Child Safe to reduce the likelihood of these deaths happening.

“Partnerships like this will help keep children and families safe and prevent these tragedies in the future,” the post reads.

Project Child Safe is a safety education program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation aimed at promoting firearm safety. They provide and distribute firearm safety kits through partner law enforcement agencies.

After you website“The kits include a cable-type gun lock and a booklet discussing safe handling and safekeeping guidelines to prevent access by unauthorized persons.”

The Kyle Police Department has partnered with the Hays/Caldwell County Texas Department of Family and Protective…

Written by Kyle Police Department on Tuesday 30 August 2022

Several central Texas police departments work with Project Child Safe, including the Austin Police Department, Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Burnet County Sheriff’s Office, and the Williamson County Constable Precinct.

The Texas DFPS 2021 Annual report on child maltreatment deaths and near deaths found that eight children died in gun-related incidents. This is an increase in accidents from the average of seven children who have died from firearm-related accidents each year for the past decade.

KPD advises parents to teach their children to stop, leave the area and tell an adult if they see a gun.

The department also has five safety tips on the subject of child safety for parents who own guns:

  1. Leave your gun unloaded.
  2. Don’t keep bullets and guns in the same place.
  3. Use cable locks or release locks
  4. Use keyless locks, such as combination, magnetic, or electronic locks.
  5. Store weapons in a locker, safe or vault.

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