Sheriff John Armer is encouraging parents to let their children get their fingers dirty. In fact, his officers will help.
Armer and the Gila County Sheriff's Office is conducting a campaign to fingerprint all young people under 18 as part of the sheriff's Youth Programs.
The sheriff's detention officers from Payson and Globe were at the Payson Wal-Mart Oct. 5 for the store's Kids Day. About 100 children participated in the program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. last Saturday. A spokesman for the program said the fingerprinting of children under the age of 18 provides a useful record for parents in the event their children end up missing.
"We will continue to be active in all areas of the county servicing our citizens," Armer said, "but we are making a special emphasis on youth through our Youth Programs."
The fingerprinting program will be held again in the future. The date, time and location will be announced in the Roundup.