Provo police, school district distribute free Child ID Kits
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With all of the dangers and concerns of parents, teachers and children in the world today, the Provo Police Department and Provo School District have partnered to ensure Provo’s children are more safe and sound.
With the start of the school year, the partnering entities are providing free Child ID Kits to elementary students. The children will receive a Child ID Kit to bring home to their parents or guardians, according to Shad LeFevre, Provo Police public information officer.
The beginning of the school year is also an ideal time to have a safety discussion with children about important emergency information such as phone numbers, addresses and family emergency plans.
“Children are the more valued, and often most vulnerable people in our lives,” said Police Chief Fred Ross. “If a child goes missing or is involved in an emergency, the resulting anxiety can be somewhat eased by being prepared.”
A Child ID Kit contains information needed during an emergency and will expedite police efforts during an investigation — when time matters most.
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Child ID Kits offer a convenient place to store all pertinent identifying information for a child for quick retrieval for law enforcement, in the event of an emergency. Each kit comes in a mailable-sized envelope and includes instructions and the tools necessary to create a complete identifying record of your child with fingerprints, DNA, a written description and a photo, according to LeFevre.
These are not public documents. Each Child ID Kit is simply insurance a parent or guardian can promptly provide identifying assistance for their child.
Parents are asked to keep the kits available and updated with current information and to add a new school photo each year.
The kits have been donated by businesses and are free to families as another way to keep the community safe, LeFevre said.
“The time to prepare is not during an emergency, but before,” Ross said. “Let’s start the school year off as safe as possible by starting with an updated Child ID Kit.”
The Provo City Police Department remains dedicated to community safety and thanks the Provo School District for helping the department bring a valuable safety message to every home in Provo, according to LeFevre.
“Providing these Child ID Kits to the families in this community is a great step toward becoming the safest city in America,” Ross said. “Our upmost priority is the youth of Provo and finding ways to support them and their families is important to us.”