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Police: ID Kits can help locate missing children, Jackson police offer free service during event

Posted: 2:47 PM, Aug 03, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-03 18:47:21Z

A parents’ worst fear is having their child go missing, or running away from home. During the worry and confusion, it can be difficult to know what to do.

That is why the Jackson Police Department is sponsoring free fingerprinting for children under 18 years old Saturday.

The event will take place at Cascades Park from noon until 2 p.m. There will be a set up along Randolph Street near High Street. Parents will be able to see a police car to know where to go, according to the release.

During the Jackson County Relay for Life event at the park, Officer Brandi Davis, who thought to provide this service to the community to give back, will be on-site to fingerprint children and hand out Emergency Information Kits containing the fingerprints.

“These identification kits help law enforcement by providing crucial information needed should a child become lost or missing,” said Deputy Chief Elmer Hitt. “Parents are encouraged to keep the kits with them at all times in case of an emergency.”

Hitt explained that law enforcement officers can use a child’s completed I.D. Kit to scan the fingerprints into the National Crime Information Center database, and can help locate a child in several ways.