UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Eight Penn State police officers are nationally certified as child passenger safety technicians to conduct child safety seat inspections and assist with installations.
These officers have completed the rigorous national training certified by Safe Kids Worldwide with curriculum by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Technicians conduct child safety seat checks where parents and caregivers receive hands-on assistance for proper use of child restraint systems and safety belts. The technicians offer education, support and guidance.
This is an ongoing service and Penn State students and employees, along with local community members, can make an appointment with a child safety seat technician by calling the designated campus police station. Certified technicians include:
Sgt. Alexis Cerchione, Penn State Abington, 215-881-7575.
Officer Justin Schlottman, Penn State Berks, 610-396-6111.
Officer Liam Martin, Penn State Hazleton, 570-450-3333.
Officer Jonathan Desiderio, Penn State Lehigh Valley, 610-285-5221.
Officers Michelle Beckenbaugh, Allen Miller and Adam Rawding, University Park; 814-863-1111.
The nationally standardized training provides the technicians with the technical skills and knowledge for the correct installation and use of car seats, booster seats and seat belts. The technicians also cab educate caregivers so that they have confidence when installing and reinstalling car seats and booster seats.
Safe Kids Worldwide works closely with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , which is responsible for the program’s curriculum, and the National Child Passenger Safety Board, which provides recommendations and guidance. State Farm sponsors the program.