Missing child ID app available to public
The Gardner Police Department is promoting an FBI-developed application called FBI Child ID – a convenient tool that quickly assists the police in locating a missing child.
Child ID allows parents to electronically store photos and other vital information about their children, such as height, weight, hair color, eye color, etc., that they can immediately access and share with police should their child become missing.
“In the horrific case that someone’s child goes missing, this tool permits parents to quickly email pertinent information to Gardner police, activating an immediate search,” said Police Chief Jim Pruetting. “Without this existing information, officers will have to invest time in collecting data about the child and every minute is precious when you’re looking for a missing person.”
The app is free and available on iPhones and Androids. Those interested can also access the app using the following link: www.fbi.gov/news/apps/child-id-app.
“Residents can be confident that this is a secure service. The FBI nor the Gardner police are collecting or storing any photos or information they enter in the app,” said Pruetting. “All data resides solely on the user’s mobile device until they send it to authorities.”
Gardner residents should use ChildID@gardnerkansas.gov when completing their child’s profile in the application but should not use the SEND notification tab until needed.
“We hope no one ever has to use this service,” Pruetting said. “But we want our residents prepared in the event of this unfortunate situation.”
For more information, visit www.gardnerkansas.gov/ChildID.