Free identification kits and professional fingerprinting from a sheriff’s deputy will be available in the library’s Community Room on Fri., Jan. 26 from 1 – 4 p.m. The Custer County Sheriff’s Office, American Legion Post 170 and West Custer County Library have partnered to provide identification kits for families in order to protect children and teens. Families with children ages infant to 17 years are encouraged to drop in and pick up a kit.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, fingerprints are important because they are unique to each individual and unlike physical appearances, they do not change over time. A Child ID kit is a simple yet effective tool to help families maintain current photos of and descriptive information about their children as well as DNA samples and fingerprints.
Parents and legal guardians will keep the kits and provide the information to law enforcement only in case of emergency. Information will not be kept by any organization or agency. If a child goes missing, parents can provide the kit to law enforcement officials so that it may be entered into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database.
Those with little ones will also have the opportunity to learn about safe car seat installation from certified National Child Passenger Safety Technicians through Custer County Drive Smart, a program of Safe Kids Worldwide.