The Abbotsford Police Department is offering a free child identification clinic on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at sponsor Envision Financial’s branch, located at 2670 Minter St.
Members of the community are invited to visit the branch with their families, where volunteers from the APD will be on site to fingerprint the children and provide them with their personalized child ID book. There will also be popcorn, balloons, candy and Halloween colouring for the kids.
“The Child Identification Program provides one of the most valuable resources you can have on hand in the event your child goes missing,” said Kelly Pater, APD community policing coordinator. “All the information the police will need is contained in this book, including the child’s photo, description details, medical information, fingerprints and DNA, as well as a listing of important phone numbers, which will certainly speed up search efforts.
“The last thing you need to worry about if your child goes missing is where to find this information, and with the child ID book, it’s all in one place. Ideally, every family should have one for each of their children.”
The clinic focuses on children 12 and younger. A parent or legal guardian must be present in order for the child to participate. Upon completing the ID book, none of the child’s personal information will be kept by Envision Financial or the APD.