Our Child ID program was created in 2005 and consists of a card printer, laptop computer, camera, and fingerprint capture device. Officers volunteer to create durable plastic identification cards for kids.
The cards contain the child’s photo, thumbprint, height, weight, and date of birth, other vital information, and tips on what to do in case of emergencies. The cards are credit card-sized, making them easy to fit into a wallet or purse so parents can carry them at all times.
In the event that a child gets lost or becomes missing, the parents will have a document containing all of the child’s vital information, allowing them to immediately provide law enforcement officials with the key facts needed to start a search. The card also provides documentation of the child’s right thumbprint should it ever be necessary to identify the child.
For children two and over, we recommended parents update the cards yearly. For infants and toddlers up to two years old, we recommend having a new card made every six months because of the rapid appearance changes as they grow.
Cards can be issued for children up to the age of 16 and the completed cards are retained by the parent or guardian.
In addition to providing Child ID’s at certain events, Okoboji School district residents can bring their children to the Milford Police Dept on first Wednesday of every month from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm for free printing.
The Child ID Program is available though the Milford Police Dept. For information on scheduling a Child ID contact Chief Vernon Flack at 712- 338-2741 ext. 23.