- Saturday May 26th, 2012 :: 07:54 a.m. CDT
New Child ID App allows you to share vital information with police quickly if your child is ever missing.
You’re shopping at the mall with your children when one of them suddenly disappears. A quick search of the nearby area is unsuccessful. What do you do? The information you have available to share with law enforcement in the first few minutes can play a critical role in locating in locating a missing or abducted child.
To help observe National Missing Children’s Day, the FBI launched a new version of their Child ID App built specifically for Android mobile phones. The application can be downloaded for free from the Android Apps section of Google Play.
The Child ID App, first released in August 2011 for iPhones, provides parents with an easy way to electronically store pictures and vital information about their children in case they go missing—whether it’s a toddler wandering away at the mall or a teen who has been snatched by a stranger.
Using the app, you can show pictures of your kids and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. You can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks. This feature allows law enforcement to quickly distribute the information to officers in the field, as well as, to other law enforcement agencies, security officers, school workers and other emergency responders.
The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.
To date, the iPhone version of the app has been downloaded more than 121,000 times.
While the app is designed for children, it can also be useful to help locate other high risk persons who may wander away such as the elderly or mentally impaired persons.
We encourage you to share the word about this app with family and friends during upcoming family events and other activities in your communities.
Munster Police Department
1001 Ridge Road
Munster, IN 46321