Groveland Police Officer Sindoni to Help Residents with Car Seats

Groveland Police Officer Joshua Sindoni during a 2016 visit with a second-grade class at the Dr. Elmer S. Bagnall Elementary School. (Courtesy photograph.)

Groveland Police Officer Joshua Sindoni is the department’s newest car seat installation technician.

Last week, Sindoni earned his certification through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen previously held the position of car seat technician, but the role has been vacant for the last few years.

“Given the number of young families we have in Groveland, it is essential that we offer this service to our community,” Gillen said.

The Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law requires that all children sit in a federally approved car seat or booster, which must be properly fastened and secured, until they are 8 years old or more than 57 inches tall. It is recommended that children under the age of 13 ride in the back seat.

All infants and toddlers should be in rear-facing car seats until they reach the age of 2, or the weight and height limit issued by the manufacturer. Toddlers and preschoolers should be placed in convertible and forward-facing seats equipped with a harness. Once school-aged children outgrow their forward-facing seats, they should sit in a booster until they are old enough to wear a seat belt.

Those who would like to make an appointment to have a car seat installed may call the Groveland Police Department at 978-521-1212.

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