On Saturday May 25, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children hosted a Safety Fair for Families. The Safety Fair is part of the national Take 25 campaign, which encourages parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety on May 25, National Missing Children's Day.
National Missing Children’s Day occurs annually on the 25th of May. A six-year-old boy by the name of Etan Patz went missing on this day in New York City in 1979, and has since become a poster child for the nationwide movement to locate and recover missing children. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th – the day that Etan went missing – as National Missing Children’s Day.
The Safety Fair event was a partnership between public safety partners and exhibited public safety resources like the OCSD SWAT, bomb squad, mounted units, and K-9 exhibits as well as presentations on child-safety topics such as cyber bullying and self-defense.
Although the hosting city for the event, Rancho Santa Margarita, ranked as one of the safety cities in California. Mayor Tony Beall encouraged residents to not become complacent and think that no crime could occur. RSM is also home to the only Child Safety Deputy in the county, Deputy Clay Cranford. It is imperative, as demonstrated at the safety fair, that the community be prepared and constantly alert.