NEWARK — The Licking County Sheriff’s Office has received a new digital identification system intended to help parents provide law enforcement with important information should a child go missing.
Newark Moose Lodge 499 and the Safe Surfin’ Foundation donated the computerized EZ Child ID system to the department in February. The device allows deputies to take a child’s fingerprints, vital information, photograph or video and provide parents with a CD or USB flash drive containing that information.
The information collected matches what is provided when issuing an Amber Alert, but the sheriff’s office does not keep it on file, according to Deputy Rob Barr, community relations officer for the sheriff’s office.
The technology is used to reduce reporting time if a child is abducted or reported missing. When needed, parents can submit the information to law enforcement through a printed form, CD, flash drive or email.
The sheriff’s office is the first law enforcement agency in Ohio to receive the EZ Child ID system. This system replaces an older ID kit.
Barr said he will provide the service throughout the year at public events, aided by volunteers who are alumni of the Licking County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy.
Barr said officials may expand the service later to include senior citizens with dementia.
Newark Moose Administrator and community service Sheriff Deputy Rob Barr was interviewed on 790 AM WHTH concerning our recent donation of a Child ID kit to the Licking County Sheriff’s Office. The interview will air on Saturday March 1st at 6:45 AM and 3:45 PM and on Sunday March 2nd at 6:45 AM and 6:45 PM. There will also be excepts on Cool 101.7 during the news throughout the week.
Listen live to the radio interview where the Safe Surfin’ Foundation donated a Child ID Kit to their Sheriff’s Office.
http://audio.wnko.com/Focus%20on%20Licking%20County/ ( copy and paste into your browser and click the Easy Child ID with Sheriff to hear the story)