Published On: Thu, Nov 21st, 2013

Child ID program teaches, helps local elementary students


LAUREL — Elementary students took part in the Child Identification Program (CHIP) at the Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School on Nov. 12.

With CHIP vital data of the child is collected and placed on a DVD and given to the parents. The information could be used if the child is ever lost or missing.

The data on the DVD can be scanned into a national criminal database which assists law enforcement in a variety of ways.

This is the sixth year for the Child Identification Program to be implemented at the school in Laurel according to Police Chief Ryan Van Cleave.

“We do it for any new students along with the students in kindergarten and fourth grade. We re-do it for fourth grade as the kids can change a lot in between those two grades,” Van Cleave said. “The first year, in 2008, we did the whole elementary. It was a two day process.”

The program includes documenting the parent/guardian’s names, child’s name and address, date of birth and physical description of the child.

A DVD will be sent to the students that includes a brief interview, digital photographs, digital fingerprints, dental imprints, and cheeks swabs which provide DNA of the child. When frozen, the DNA can last for up to thirty years.

Pick up this week’s issue of the Laurel Advocate to read more!