Indiana Child ID Kit Program to begin in fall

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita announced a new program, aiming to increase children’s safety, will be beginning in the fall. During a press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 27, Rokita unveiled his plan for the Indiana Child ID Kit Program.

The Indiana Child ID Kit Program provides parents with tools to help law enforcement better identify children if they go missing. “Child ID kits give parents a tool to provide detailed information, a photograph, fingerprint, and DNA to law enforcement quickly. Completed kits are kept in a safe place at home, out of a database, so parents are prepared if the unthinkable happens,” according to a press release from Rokita’s team.

On average, 1,000 children go missing across the United States every day, according to the press release. “Our office fights to keep criminals on appeal behind bars, we protect victims of crimes like human trafficking through our Address Confidentiality Program, and now we have built a coalition of community leaders to provide kits to all K-5 students this fall free of charge to Hoosier families,” said Rokita.

Kits will be distributed by superintendents and school resource officers to all K-5 schools across Indiana. The Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police will also distribute kits to local law enforcement. The kits will be free of charge.

The program is a part of a coalition with the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, NOBLE, Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, and the NFL Alumni Association. It is made possible by public and private funding from the General Assembly and American Electric Power.

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