By MELINDA WILLIAMS
If your child should go missing or become a victim of abduction, would you have the information necessary to help law enforcement locate the child?
Pulaski Police Department is hoping to help parents be prepared should such an event occur by offering free Child ID Kits this Saturday, Sept. 28, during PulaskiFest. The kits will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pulaski Train Station.
Officer Megan Jennings said the kits are being offered as part of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. She said each Child ID Kit contains all of the vital information police need to expedite efforts to locate a missing child.
“Information about the child will be saved in an easy-to-read format and burned onto a CD or DVD. When the parent is provided a copy of the CD, the information is purged and no records are kept,” she said.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children considers the kits to be “one of the most comprehensive child recovery and identification programs,” said Jennings. She noted the program also helps educate families about abduction prevention and safety.
Preparing the kits only takes a few minutes, according to Jennings.