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Posted on: August 5, 2015

SAFE ZONES: FBPD sets up exchange location for online business, child custody

FBPD Exchange Zones

FARMERS BRANCH ~ In an effort to further the safety of the community, the Farmers Branch Police Department has initiated a “Safe Exchange Zone” program for the exchange of items that have been bought, sold or traded or for child custody exchanges.

The designated area in front of the parking lot at the Farmers Branch Justice Center, 3723 Valley View Lane, will enable divorced parents to make child custody handoffs and will give buyers and sellers of online items, from sites like Craigslist and eBay, a safe location to transact further business.

The practice mirrors programs established in other cities and states across the country in response to the need for safe online transactions.

“The Farmers Branch Police Department is committed to safety of the community,” said Police Chief Sidney Fuller. “Now there is a dedicated, safe area for online buyers, sellers and parents with visitation rights to make the exchanges.”

Chief Fuller added that although his department encourages use of these areas for exchanges, online buyers should always exercise good judgment, as there is no guarantee to the legitimacy of any transaction.

For more information on the “Safe Exchange Zone” program please contact Detective David Laisure at 972.919.9354.

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