- Finger Print Program
The objective of the Finger Print Program is to provide parents with a permanent record of their child's finger prints.
The Finger Print Programs are conducted at school functions, community events or even shopping malls. A Sheriff's Officer fingerprints both hands of the child. Upon completion of the fingerprinting, the parent is presented with a card that not only contains the fingerprints, but also other pertinent information. Parents are urged to keep the fingerprint card in a safe guarded area, as it is very important in helping to either locate or identify their child.
- Court House Tours
Students visit the Court House and are given an overview of the responsibilities of Sheriff's Officers and are allowed to sit in Juvenile and Criminal Court. They are brought to other offices located in the Court House where an employee of that office will give them a description of their responsibilities. These offices include the County Clerk, Prosecutor, and the Detention Center. Also, SERT and K-9 Demonstration are incorporated into this program.
Court House Tours may only be scheduled from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. The Officer conducting the tour will make all arrangements with other offices.
- Gun Safety Program
The Gun Safety Program gives children preventative information needed pertaining to contact with a firearm.
The children are taught to avoid all contact with another child or person in possession of a firearm. The children are made aware of the consequences faced, when a crime is committed with a firearm. The debilitating effects of being shot, as well as the social and economic effects on the individuals, is also explained in detail. Finally, a question and answer period, is provided to the children, by a Sheriff’s Officer.
- Gun Lock Program
The Gun Lock Program is a program where the Sheriff’s Office will provide a free gun lock to anyone who requests one. The gun locks are provided to this Office by Project Childsafe, which is a national program, whose purpose is to promote safe firearm handling and storage. The program is funded by a U.S. Department of Justice grant. The gun locks fit on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The goal of this program, is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person, from accessing a firearm in your home. Any Mercer County resident, who would like to receive a free gun lock, can do so, by calling the Sheriff’s Office at (609) 989-6111.