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Canton Police to start radKIDS to protect children

Canton, GA -- The Canton Police Department will start a new child safety program in January following the abduction and murder of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera last week.

Plans for radKIDS were already in place before Rivera disappeared, but the case gives the program a new sense of urgency.

"It's an unfortunate, tragic event," said Sgt. Stacy Bailey, who attended training to become a certified instructor in October. "This is the time to talk to the community and tell them that this is what we're going to do." 

Sgt. Bailey said she was originally inspired by her own daughter, who's autistic.

"My child is 11, and she does not understand stranger danger," Sgt. Bailey said.

RadKIDS is described as a personal empowerment program that teaches kids three rules:

  1. No one has the right to hurt me because I am special! 
  2. I don't have the right to hurt anyone unless they try to hurt me-then I stop them!
  3. If anyone tries to hurt me or trick me, it's not my fault-so I can tell!

Some metro Atlanta police departments, school systems and parks departments already use the program.

They include Gwinnett, DeKalb, and Cobb Counties, Acworth, Gainesville, Sandy Springs. For a listing of program locations, click here.

The Canton Police Department is next. For more information, call (770) 720-4883.