The Collier County Sheriff’s Office wants to keep all residents of Collier County safe, especially our children. Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk is pleased to provide Child ID to the Collier County community. Child ID is a community service initiative dedicated to providing parents with a tool they can use to help protect their children.
What is the Child ID Program?
Child ID allows the parents and guardians of children and special needs adults the ability to collect specific information by easily recording the physical characteristics and finger print of their children on identification cards that are kept at home by the parents or guardian. If ever needed, this identification card will give authorities vital information to assist in efforts of locating a missing child.
The free program is offered to any child in Collier County under the age of 18, as well as it is offered to special needs adults. With parental/guardian permission, the program consists of the child/adult being fingerprinted and photographed. The parents/guardians are given a kit of information that includes: two wallet sized cards and one larger card with photo, fingerprints, name, date of birth and any special needs or medical conditions. NO information is kept by the Sheriff’s Office and all data collected is returned to the parent for safe keeping. There is NO database, and EVERYTHING is deleted within 24 hours of contact with the child/adult.
Why should I have my child fingerprinted and photographed?
If your child gets lost or is missing, this valuable information is vital to law enforcement. The information in your Child ID kit assists law enforcement to release as much information as possible, as quickly as possible, to help locate that child. Not having any of this vital information about a missing child can cause delays in location and recovery. When a child is missing every second counts! Remember, during an emergency most parents will have a hard time remembering where their child’s picture is or what special needs they may have. Having this information available will expedite the process for law enforcement getting out Amber Alerts and information to the press.
Child ID is now available by appointment weekdays at the Youth Relations Office at 2373 E. Horseshoe Drive. Please call our office at 239-252-0143 or 239-252-0144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment or to ask questions.
If you would like CCSO’s Child ID Program to come to your event, please call the Youth Relations Bureau at one of the above numbers.
Look for this sign when you are at community events to let you know that we are offering Child ID.