Kids Come First

It's the title of the Broward Sheriff's Office campaign to help safeguard the well-being of Broward's children, and it reflects the attitude that drives BSO's efforts to spread this important message to adults and children.

Throughout the year, BSO presents programs, events and online information to help raise community awareness of child safety from helping prevent physical abuse and neglect to safe swimming demonstrations during the summer months. An ongoing campaign, BSO is committed to continually working with local partners to help identify opportunities that will bring the Kids Come First message to Broward's residents.

The campaign was launched in April 2006 when the Broward Sheriff's Office and staff from Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood joined forces to raise awareness of child abuse issues and emphasize child protection during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Included in BSO's Kids Come First efforts:

  • A special section of our web site, BSO Kids, is targeted to children and features the agency's kid-friendly mascot, Quiggley, an alligator that dons law enforcement and fire rescue gear and offers safety tips on topics ranging from safety on the Internet to escaping an active fire to dealing with bullies.
  • BSO firefighters introduced their new "smoke house," a mobile demonstration vehicle that allows children to crawl under simulated smoke, helping them to understand the proper way to escape a blaze. Firefighters teach youngsters the importance of smoke detectors and how to duck under smoke to save themselves in a fire.

Read more about safety for children in the Staying Safe section of our web site.

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