‘Beneficial to everyone’

Attica Police Department offers free identification cards to fairgoers

PHOTO BY JACOB GURNEY Captain Joe Leroux (left) of Attica Police Department helps Colton McConnell, of Attica, take his fingerprint during the Attica Independent Fair Saturday afternoon.

ATTICA — Attica Police Department offered free fingerprint identification cards in the Entertainment Building during the Attica Independent Fair Saturday afternoon.

Chief Keith Turner of Attica Police Department said the cards are important and helpful to law enforcement if an emergency ever were to happen.

“If a child goes missing, this card provides a photo, thumbprint and characteristics such as hair and eye color,” he said. “It is helpful for identifying a missing person and it includes all the things that members of law enforcement will ask in a situation like this.”

Captain Joe Leroux of Attica Police Department said the cards help to aid law enforcement with information that is readily available.

“It helps parents, children and law enforcement,” he said. “These cards really are beneficial to everyone.”

“Getting your child a fingerprint identification card is very vital,” Leroux added. “We also encourage parents to get them updated annually because it’s important for us to have the most accurate information available.”

Leroux said he obtained funding for the fingerprinting through a $5,000 Tiffin Community Foundation grant and a Wal-Mart grant. Leroux said the department has provided the service to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts before as well as at the Attica Independent Fair last year.

“This is something we do for free and we enjoy being able to do something that helps give back to the community,” Leroux said. “We’re very big on being able to help the community out.”

Leroux said the department asked Mercy Health to come and give out bicycle helmets as well.

Community Outreach Coordinator Rachel Danhoff of Mercy Health – Willard Hospital said they were handing out free bicycle helmets for Safety Day at the fair as well as backpacks and Frisbees.

“Bicycle safety is important for everyone, but especially kids and we want to help promote that,” Danhoff said. “Children need to be active and bicycling is a good way to do that. We just want to help make sure they’re safe while they do it.”

Danhoff said they gave away more than 30 bicycle helmets Saturday.

Turner said the department hasn’t really had any problems at the fair this week.

“You can’t really have a better group of people to show up to the fair than what we got,” he said.

In addition to the fingerprinting, the department also was supposed to distribute trigger guards and Eddie the Eagle was supposed to be there to do a gun safety demonstration, but that did not happen due to an incident earlier in the day.

According to Leroux, a 56-year-old Tiro man was pulled over after a person reported a driver that was all over the roadway. He was given a field sobriety test and later refused a urine and blood test, which required a warrant to be obtained from a judge. The man was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and left-of-center, Leroux said.

The man was being held in Seneca County Jail as of Saturday afternoon, Leroux said.

Further information could not be released as it is an ongoing investigation, he said.

While he wishes the department could have been there longer, Leroux said he did what he had to do.

“I am very big on keeping my commitments,” he said. “But this was something I just had to do.”

Twenty-three fingerprint identifications were issued in just under an hour, he said.