The Dryden Police Service and the Golden Star Lodge Freemasons have been working together to better protect youth in the community. Police have been working with the Freemasons to bring the Masonic Chip Program to the Dryden area.

The free digital identifications program allows parents to store emergency information about their children with police, including photos, fingerprints, identifiable features and more – all in the hopes of preventing a tragedy if the child were to go missing, or involved in an emergency situation.

“As a Freemason myself, and a police officer, I understand how important this information is in the time of a crisis. What we gather here is the important information that a police officer would need in an emergency. Age, height, weight, a photograph, and more,“ said DPS Constable Bruce Watson.

“In a time of crisis, if they were ever to go missing, a parent won’t have to run around looking for the information that they need to provide to police. In a crisis, minutes can count,” Watson added.

The DPS and Freemasons were at the Dryden Days of Summer last week to promote the program, but noted that you can get in touch with the Golden Star Lodge Freemasons or the Dryden Police Service to register in the program, if you missed their booth last week. The Freemasons will also hold digital identification clinics at future community events.

Police were also showcasing social media safety tips to youth and children at their weekly booth at the Dryden Days of Summer on King Street.

“As a police officer and a father as well, I know that it’s important to keep youth safe on the internet and social media.”

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