Embassy Santiago's First-ever Kids' Safety Day a Big Success, Regardless of Age
U.S. Embassy Santiago’s Regional Security Office (RSO) enlisted the support of local government, law enforcement agencies, and medical organizations to impart safety information in an interactive and fun way to the embassy community on February 11, 2016.
With more than 75 children in attendance, an assistant regional security officer opened the day’s activities by saying, “All I think about is security, and I want each one of you to be safe. Since I know about safety and security as a Diplomatic Security special agent, I’m going to make each one of you a deputized RSO special agent.”
The embassy's Regional Security Offier then interjected, saying, “Wait a minute, wait a minute…you can’t just make these kids deputy special agents! They need to earn it! They need training!”
Thus began a fun-filled and educational day that covered a host of topics from safety inside and outside your home, to fire safety, health safety, earthquake preparedness, and recognizing Chilean security officials. The RSO staff capitalized on the strong relationships it has developed through the years with host-country counterparts to create a full day of activities and information sessions. Before the children ventured out to complete their RSO deputy special agent mission, they were given “go-bags” with emergency supplies, and a paper U.S./Chile passport with a page bearing the official agency insignia of each participating organization to stamp.
The Carabineros (Chilean National Police) provided a safety briefing, a full canine demonstration, and a 25-piece marching band to top it off. The Policia de Investigaciones (Investigative Police) provided a kidnapping briefing, a biometric subscription service for children to assist in missing child cases, a vehicle display, and their own canine demonstration. The municipality provided a public safety briefing and distributed safety pamphlets.
Clinica Alemana, the primary local healthcare provider, entertained the children with their mascot, an ambulance display, and a presentation about health safety given by one of their doctors. The 14th Bomberos fire company provided a full-service truck in which the children were able to try on gear and test the fire hoses. The Ministry of Interior and Public Safety provided a briefing about natural disasters and family preparedness.
Embassy Santiago’s offices also pitched in to help educate the children. Information Resource Management (IRM) set up a table for children to practice radio calls. LEGATT provided an Internet safety briefing, which included the children taking an oath to staying safe when using the Internet. The RSO setup a biometric station, provided through Diplomatic Security Public Affairs’ A-OK program, which printed out an emergency card bearing the children’s vital information that their parents can use in the event of an emergency request for assistance from police authorities.
A Marine Security Guard sergeant (rear left, under tree) playing the role of the bad guy is pursued by a well-trained group of ''deputy special agents'' wielding water guns and led by another Marine Security Guard sergeant (left foreground, in tactical vest) during Kids Safety Day at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, February 11, 2016. (U.S. Department of State photo)
The day concluded with Ambassador Mike Hammer extending his gratitude to all of the participants and issuing a “Deputy RSO Special Agent” training certificate to each child in attendance. The children were empowered with the knowledge of all the support they have in Chile, both from the embassy and local authorities.
For more photos of the event, please visit the U.S. Embassy Santiago Facebook page.
U.S. Ambassador to Chile Mike Hammer (right) presents a ''Deputy RSO Special Agent'' certificates to each child participating in Kids Safety Day at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, February 11, 2016. Looking on is an assistant regional security officer (rear), whose office organized the event. (U.S. Department of State photo)