Child I.D. Cards Help Find Missing Children

POSTED BY: Brittany Shannon
Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 05:07 PM
I.D. Card

The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office is encouraging families to join them in taking proactive steps in protecting their children.

It looks a driver's license, but it provides vital information in the event that your child would go missing including the child's name, photograph, and their fingerprint. The Sheriff's Office began the Child I.D. Card program in 2009, and since then have fingerprinted 3,721 kids.

"Basically what we do is we go to events and create the cards and the parents are supposed to carry those cards with them so if their child unfortunately does come up missing, lost, or some incident like that, then they can produce that card to law enforcement," says Sheriff Matt Lutz, Muskingum County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Lutz says that the first thing that officials want when a child is reported missing, is their picture.

"The police officer on the scene automatically has a picture. We automatically have a fingerprint and the information of the child so it's just another proactive approach to try to make our community more safe."

For anyone interested, the Sheriff's Office will be printing I.D. cards at the following locations:

September 10: Longaberger Welcome Center, 11-3p.m.

September 11: Baptist Church, 106 South 6th Street, 10-2p.m.

September 16: Dresden Farmer's Market, 4-7p.m.

September 18: Maysville High School 10-1p.m.

September 25: Kid's Flu Fest, Rambo Health, 10-1p.m.

September 25: Dillon Sportsman Center, 1:30-3p.m.

October 16: Military Family Fest, Airport Hangar, 11-4p.m.

Sheriff Lutz says if you'd like to see the I.D. machine come to your event, call the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office.

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