Name: Sheriff Craig Roberts
Department: Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (Clackamas, OR)
How does your agency distribute Project ChildSafe gun locks and safety materials in your community?
The gun locks are distributed in two ways –
1) Gun locks and safety materials are offered to gun owners who attend community events, including the Clackamas County Fair, safety and wellness events and other community events, fairs and festivals throughout the county.
2) Community members who use our Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) firearms range are provided free gun locks upon request. Interested residents can learn more about the PSTC at PublicSafetyTrainingCenter.com.
Why does your department partner with Project ChildSafe?
Our county is a large mix of urban, rural and forest land with over 400,000 residents; more than half own guns for personal safety, for hunting and for sport. Project ChildSafe gives us an ongoing opportunity to talk to the public about gun safety, and help prevent accidental deaths and injuries by reducing the number of unsecured firearms in our community.
How has access to free gun locks and safety materials impacted your community?
While we can’t measure the precise impact, we do believe we're seeing an increase in public awareness that gun locks are a necessary component of responsible gun ownership. Folks are generally very open to receiving the safety materials and gun locks.
How can residents in your community and communities across the country become more involved in spreading the message of safety?
Many of our residents are involved in coalitions for youth safety and suicide prevention. Gun locks can easily become an integral piece of their messaging — and thanks in part to Project ChildSafe, we're here to help. Our office can be a tremendous resource for residents who want to take an active role in building safer communities.