Schedule announced for new EZ Child ID Program
LaSalle Deputy Sheriff and D.A.R.E. Officer Jenny Parker has announced the upcoming schedule for the new EZ Child ID System in the parish, the only self-contained mobile child ID unit in the country.
This program will provide peace of mind to parents, knowing that in an emergency involving a missing or kidnapped child, they would have data needed to assist law enforcement and for publicizing through Amber Alert and other media agencies as well as identify the missing child when found, according to Sheriff Scott Franklin.
EZ Child ID System is a comprehensive digital fingerprint child identification system equipped with fingerprint analysis software that makes sure necessary “points” on the fingerprint are obtained. This, along with other vital biological information, is required by the Amber Alert System.
In addition to fingerprints and biological information, the program captures a digital video with voice. Gathering data about a child could assist law enforcement with notifying the public about a missing or abducted child and identification when a missing child has been located. Not only is this program for children but senior adults who have autism, Alzheimer or another medical condition where the person might roam.
What makes this program unique is that is captures the points on the fingerprints, digital voice and video and then saves all identifying information to a computer disc only for parents to keep in a safe place. All data is deleted with a binary wipe feature and the parent is the only one to keep the information.
This new EZ Child ID System is being offered FREE to families by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Parker said she will be at parish pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes during January to administer the program. Forms have been sent home by students and parents must sign the forms consenting to the child taking part in the program.
All information obtained will be given to parents and not kept by the Sheriff’s Office. Information gathered can be used if the child is ever lost or is missing, and the information can be used for identification.
Parker will be at the following schools at times indicated:
- Temple Christian Academy, January 7, at 9 a.m.
- Nebo Elementary School, January 8, at 9 a.m.
- Olla Elementary School, January 9, at 9:30 a.m.
- LaSalle Head Start, January 13 at 9 a.m.
- Fellowship Elementary School, January 14 at 9 a.m.
- Jena Elementary School, February 18-20, at 9 a.m. each day.
If parents or others have any questions about the program, they may contact Parker at the LPSO at 992-7364, or 992-2151.