While we were out at the Robbinsdale Fire & Police open house yesterday, we saw a Sheriff doing free DNA swabs for the kids.
I was totally intrigued and asked the Sheriff about it. He said that they were doing it so that parents could have a known sample of DNA of their children in case the worst ever happens and they need it for the police during a crime investigation.
As much as I hate to think of that ever happening, it makes sense. So I asked if he could take a sample for Levi. It was a super simple process – the Sheriff quickly prepped by putting on gloves and opening his sealed swabs.
Levi was a champ and opened up so he could get a good sample from inside his cheek.
The swab was put into a holder, which went into an envelope with Levi’s name and date of birth. The envelope was sealed, and we were able to bring it home with us right away.
One of the things the Sheriff mentioned was to keep it stored in a cool, dry place. He also said we should NOT put it in a Ziploc bag or anything airtight, because that could cause the sample to mold or degrade. We put it in our safe when we got home.
I have to say, I was really impressed with the rest of the event, too. Besides having fire trucks and ambulances for the kids to check out, they also had cotton candy, popcorn, balloons, and several city organizations had tables set up to learn more about them.
They even had a giant inflatable fire truck slide for the kids to play on.
I think Robbinsdale has the best police cars, so it was fun to be able to look inside and check one out. Especially since I was sitting in the back seat by choice for a change 🙂 (Just kidding. Kinda.)
Jason was excited to see the S.W.A.T. team there with some of their weapons on display. Of course, he didn’t realize I was snapping a photo, lol.
We ended our trip by grabbing a neighborhood crime prevention sign to put up in our yard.
Thanks Robbinsdale Fire and Police staff for all that you do!