Security is a big issue for everyone on a lot of different fronts. It doesn’t matter if you live in the suburbs of the Twin Cities or in one of the safest neighborhoods in Minneapolis. The days when you could simply leave the front door open are gone.
Issues don’t get any easier when matters related to child custody are concerned. Indeed, very often safety concerns become even more important. If the parents involved aren’t on good terms, they can be afraid for themselves and their children. Even where child custody details appear to be worked out and settled, the moments of required parental interaction can be laced with tension.
Easing that tension is one of the reasons the Hennepin County Sheriff’s gives for its decision to set up so-called “swap spots” within the bounds of the county. There are three of them located on properties owned by the department in Spring Park, Brooklyn Park and south Minneapolis.
According to officials, the sites can be accessed Monday through Friday (holidays excepted) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office statement cautions that the spots don’t guarantee a greater level of safety, but they at least provide a greater sense of security for those who choose to use them.
In addition to helping foster smoother, quieter child custody transfers, officials say the spots can be used by people who want to complete transactions that have been set up through online sales sites like Craigslist.
The department stresses that sheriff’s personnel won’t get involved in or log any of the activity, but if someone wants a deputy available they’ll see what they can do.