DELAWARE, Ohio (WCMH) — Representatives from Orange Township, Delaware fire department, and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office came out to support Operation Kid Safe on Friday. The program is designed for parents to have their children’s fingerprints, photos, and other identifying information, in case police need to help during a tragic situation.
More than 400,000 reports of missing kids were made to police in 2018, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. From domestic situations to child sex trafficking the NCMEC reports 1,600 were abductions. The group suggests parents keep a child identification kit to help authorities search for your child.
Jessica Rivera’s Allstate Insurance Agency hosted the event. Her office will be able to provide the information and documents to parents.
Rivera got involved because she’s a mom of two.
“I’ve encountered a few weird situations in regards to men or women approaching me with my children saying different things,” said Rivera. “I was like, it’s time to go it’s time to get to my car things like that.“
Napoleon Bell is the outreach manager for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. He suggests having a most recent picture, height, weight, blood type, and any identifying marks like scars or birthmarks.
“I think with child safety, also how you can also educate your child about what to do and what not to do,” said Bell. “Most importantly, what’s their home address. What’s their phone number. If they know that, that’s half of the game.”
Parents can be certain of their children’s information being secure. They will leave with a packet and none of it will go to a database.
“People don’t want to have their young person’s information somewhere else,” said Bell. “It is reassuring to know that after their fingerprints and picture are taken it is given to you and it’s no longer there.”
For information about times and places to participate with Operation Kid Safe, contact Jessica Rivera:
760 Radio Dr.
Lewis Center, OH 43035