Thanks to the National Child Identification Program created by the American Football Coaches Association we now have a limited quantity of Inkless Fingerprint I.D. Kits available to the public. Come by the Mountain View Police Department located at 1000 Villa Street and ask for one, or call ahead of time to check on availability at 650-903-6344. You can also order your kits on-line here.
Why is this important?
The FBI recognizes the Child ID Program as its preferred method of child identification and encourages active participation in the program by the over 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States.
Each ID kit includes:
- Inkless Fingerprint Kit
- Wallet Card
- DNA Collection Swabs
How do fingerprints help find a child?
If a child is missing, law enforcement authorities can use the child’s completed I.D. Kit to scan the child’s fingerprints into the National Crime Information Center database. These fingerprints can then be used to help locate the child in a variety of ways.
“The National Child ID Program is the largest child identification effort ever conducted helping to protect more than 22 million children in the past 11 years.”
In 1997, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) created the National Child Identification Program with the goal of fingerprinting 20 million children. In the program’s first two years, nearly seven million ID Kits were distributed through stadiums, churches and community events. Now more than 26 million ID Kits have been distributed, making the National Child Identification Program the largest child identification effort ever conducted. The goal of the program now is to reach all 60 million children in the United States.
Read more about the program here, or to place an order for fingerprint kits.