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Chapin police giving away 250 Child ID kits for school safety | #schoolsaftey

Chapin Police hope parents will add “staying safe” to the lesson plan for the approaching school year.

The department is giving away 250 Child ID kits through a partnership with the Illinois Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Attorney General’s office, NFL Alumni Association and others. Its first giveaway was scheduled to take place during Triopia Grade School’s Stop and Drop Night event Monday, during which pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade students had a chance to meet their teachers and see their classrooms.

The take-home kits provide a way for parents to keep a child’s fingerprints, a DNA sample, medical/dental records and a description.

The kits “provide parents with a starting point for a proper safety game plan should their child ever go missing,” National Child Identification Program Executive Director Kenny Hansmire said.

Police departments and the National Child Identification Program plan to distribute 120,000 Child ID kits in Illinois this year.

“I am excited that our police department was able to take advantage of this partnership to provide free Child ID kits to the Chapin community and the Triopia school district,” Police Chief Steve Helmich said. “Every day, over 1,000 children go missing nationally. Although the odds are extremely low that anyone in our community will need to submit this kit to law enforcement, it is always best to be prepared.”

The information in the kits provides a valuable resource for authorities if a child is lost or missing, according to Mitchell Davis, chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Committee.

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