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. This tool permits parents to quickly email pertinent information to Gardner police, activating an immediate search. The app is free and available on iPhones and Androids. Those interested can also access the app using the following link: https://www.fbi.gov/news/apps/child-id-app.
The FBI nor the Gardner police collects or stores any photos or information they enter in the app. 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. More details below:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DOES THE APP WORK?
Simply download the application from your mobile App Store, add the latest photos of your child, enter key information about him or her, and update it regularly. Should your child go missing, you can quickly email the photos and information to authorities. DO NOT SEND THE INFORMATION TO AUTHORITIES UNLESS YOUR CHILD BECOMES MISSING.
DOES MY INFORMATION STAY SECURE?
Be assured, no information about you or your child will be collected or stored by law enforcement. The information you add remains on your phone until you send it to authorities.
DO I SEND THE INFORMATION ABOUT MY CHILD TO GARDNER POLICE?
In the unlikely event that your child goes missing, send the information about your child at that time. DO NOT SEND THE INFORMATION TO THE POLICE IF YOUR CHILD HAS NOT GONE MISSING. Sending the information before it is needed will activate a missing person search by law enforecement.
HOW MUCH DOES THIS SERVICE COST?
The FBI Child ID app and service is free to the public.
WILL THE APP HOLD PHOTOS THAT CAN BE SENT TO GARDNER PD?
Yes, you can upload photos. The app will provide direction on what type of information to include.
CAN I UPLOAD INFORMATION FOR MORE THAN ONE CHILD?
Yes, you can upload information for each of your children.
IS THIS SERVICE AVAILABLE TO INDIVIDUALS OUTSIDE OF GARDNER?
Each police department has an identification email. For example, Gardner residents will use ChildID@gardnerkansas.gov. Check with your city to ensure they are providing this service.