If there was one more thing you could add at no cost to your child’s protection, would you? The DNA Lifeprint safety event takes place today at West Acres shopping center; it runs from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Sears wing of the mall. Fargo Police, along with a representative from Lifeprint, will be on hand to take your child’s fingerprints as well as a digital photo. The fingerprints and photo will be put on a CD that you will take home along with a child safety journal. None of the data is collected, it all goes home with you and it’s absolutely FREE.
It’s rare to find free opportunities to have FBI-certified biometric finger and palm prints taken, so I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. Another suggestion I have is to download the FBI’s free Child ID app for your phone. It is an easy way to record your child’s physical description and personal information along with a photograph. It only takes a few minutes to enter the information and can easily be updated as the child grows.
So why is this information useful? In the event that a child goes missing, all of their pertinent information is at your fingertips. It’s the exact information that would go into a police report if your child ran away, were abducted or lost. Hopefully, you will never need to make a police report but there are many times when this information could be helpful to reunite a lost child with their parent. I’m sure just about every parent has had a child wander off while they’re out shopping. Usually, they can be found quickly at the nearest toy or candy aisle, but sometimes it takes longer and you might need some assistance. This is where a current photo in your phone can come in handy.
Imagine an event such as Midwest Kid Fest or the Fargo Marathon youth run. There will be hundreds, if not thousands, of kids running around and many of them will share your child’s physical description. Take a picture of your child the day of the event with what they will be wearing. This is a great tactic for any event where a child may get separated from family. Having an updated photo will make it much easier for an employee or police officer to reunite you with your lost child.
(Chad Moen is the School Resource Officer at North High School. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)