SAVANNAH, GA (August 4, 2014) –The Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Southside Precinct is dedicated towards maintaining a good relationship with citizens. Recently “Gap Kids” in the Oglethorpe Mall held a “Back to School launch” of 2014-2015 clothing line. McGruff the Crime Dog and Cpl. J. Simmons, Crime Prevention Officer, attended the launch to remind students and parent alike to safe and proactive to prevent crime.

McGruff, who is always popular, interacted with mall shoppers, students and kids at heart as a visual reminder to take action and prevent crime. Cpl. Simmons recorded the student finger prints in an ID kit so parents can store all important identifying information on their little scholars in case of an emergency, such as an evacuation.