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Provo Police and School District Distribute Free Child ID Kits | News, Sports, Jobs

Courtesy of the City of Provo

Provo police officers talk to a class about child identification kits in this undated photo.

With all the dangers and concerns of parents, teachers and children in the world today, the Provo Police Department and the Provo School District have partnered to ensure that the children of Provo are healthier and safe.

With the start of the school year, the partner entities provide free child identification kits to primary school students. Children will receive a child identification kit to take home to their parents or guardians, according to Provo Police Public Information Officer Shad LeFevre.

The start of the school year is also a great time to discuss safety with children about important emergency information such as phone numbers, addresses and family emergency plans.

“Children are the most valued and often the most vulnerable people in our lives,” said Police Chief Fred Ross. “If a child goes missing or becomes involved in an emergency, the resulting anxiety can be alleviated somewhat by being prepared.”

A child identification kit contains the information needed in an emergency and will speed up police efforts during an investigation – when time matters most.

Courtesy of the City of Provo

Children are shown how to fill out their ID kit and told to take it home and ask their parents for help, then put it in a safe place in this undated photo.

Child ID Kits provide a convenient place to store all relevant identifying information for a child to quickly retrieve for law enforcement in the event of an emergency. Each kit comes in a postal-size envelope and includes instructions and the tools needed to create a complete identification record for your child with fingerprints, DNA, a written description and a photo, according to LeFevre.

They are not public documents. Each Child ID Kit is simply reassurance that a parent or guardian can quickly provide identification assistance for their child.

Parents are asked to keep the kits available and updated with up-to-date information and to add a new school photo each year.

The kits were donated by businesses and are free for 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 in the safest way possible by starting with an updated child identification 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 children’s ID kits to families in this community is a big step toward becoming the safest city in America,” Ross said. “Our top priority is the youth of Provo and finding ways to support them and their families is important to us.”


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