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Posted on: September 6, 2016

CCSO Launches Safe Exchange Program

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The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office has created a program that provides families a safe location to conduct child custody exchanges for court-ordered visitation.

The program, called "Safe X," launched Sept. 6. Safe X includes nine partner sites throughout Cleveland County that are under constant video surveillance for custody exchanges.

This service is free of charge to citizens.

Anyone who needs to find a safe exchange setting may do so on either the
CCSO web site at or the free downloadable CCSO app. Just click on the Safe X icon. Citizens will find a map and listing of designated exchange places.

Once a person arrives at the site, he or she may look for a blue X painted on the ground. Those are designated Safe X parking spots.

If a crime occurs during the exchange, parties involved must file a report with local law enforcement. The recorded video may be retrieved up to 10 days from the date of the incident.

Sheriff Joe Lester said if an incident does happen during a meeting, CCSO and its partners will work with law enforcement and provide video surveillance to support prosecution for criminal charges.

“Our number one concern is to protect children from harm,” Lester said. “Safe X gives families a neutral meeting place for custody exchanges and helps ensure that adults do not place kids in the middle of their issues.”

For more information about Safe X, contact Community Programs Coordinator Candace Gabriel at (405) 701-8829, or e-mail at

Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan Jackson, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. Jackson can be reached at (405) 701-8847.

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