Free identification wrist bands that help reunite lost children with their parents are once again available at the Ekka, Police Minister Mark Ryan announced today.
Minister Ryan said the wristbands could be collected from the Ekka Police Station, located 50 metres from Gate One on Gregory Terrace and they significantly reduce the time it takes for police to reunite lost children with their families.
“The Ekka is a Queensland institution and we want everyone who visits the show to the able to enjoy themselves and to remain safe.”
“Last year on average, children with wristbands were able to be reunited with their loved ones in under five minutes.”
“The wristbands have a space for parents and carers to write their contact details on before securing the band on their child’s wrist,” the Minister said.
Commissioner Stewart joined the Minister at the Ekka and said the initiative had been a proven success for many years, ensuring lost children were quickly reunited with their parents or caregivers.
“Police encourage parents to know where their children are at all times,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“On arrival at the Ekka, parents should show their children where the police station is, collect a wristband, teach them how to identify a police officer and explain that they need to find a police officer should they become lost.
“We suggest taking a photo of your child on the day so that we know what they are wearing.
“Police highly recommend families and carers organise for their children to meet them at the Ekka Police Station should they become lost, so they can be quickly reunited.”
Schools or community groups bringing children to the Ekka are encouraged to register their attendance with police at the wristband marquee at the Ekka Police Station. This will enable police to quickly contact the relevant carers, should a child become separated from the group.
“It is every parent’s worst nightmare to lose sight of their child, so we are urging parents and caregivers to be vigilant with their child’s safety and to talk to their child before attending the Ekka to ensure they know what to do if they become separated,” the Commissioner said.
Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
The Honourable Mark Ryan