The Santa Monica College Police Department has joined a nationwide effort to promote firearm safety by distributing free safety kits and gun locks to anyone who wants them.

“Hundreds of children and teenagers in this country are killed each year by senseless gun accidents,” said police chief Eileen Miller.

“We want to do what we can to save lives,” she said.

The Santa Monica College Police Department is working with Project ChildSafe, a program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, to distribute the gun safety kits.

Project ChildSafe is funded by a U.S. Department of Justice grant, with additional funding provided by the firearms industry.

“We encourage area residents, as well as students, to come to our police station to pick up a Project ChildSafe gun safety kit so they can securely store their firearms,” Miller said.

“Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun lock which fits most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns.”

Miller said that Santa Monica College police would distribute the kits without asking for identification or gun licenses.

She said people should not bring their guns to the police station to test the safety kits.

The college police station is at 1718 Pearl St., Santa Monica. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Information, (310) 434-4608.