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AG and others launch child ID program in Louisiana

Here is a press release from the Louisiana Department of Justice:

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association and LSU football legend Kevin Faulk today announced a partnership with the National ID Program to provide child identification kits to Louisiana students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

“As a father, I do anything to protect my child; and as Attorney General, I am doing everything I can legally to protect all of Louisiana’s children,” Attorney General Landry said. “So I’m proud to provide these free, easy-to-use, and effective kits to help families in Louisiana reunite after a kidnapping or runaway.”

“Every 40 seconds, a child disappears in the United States; and when a child is missing, time matters,” continued Attorney General Landry. “The sooner law enforcement has the right information, the sooner they can locate the child; and the better the chances of a safe recovery.

The children’s identification kits – provided free to Louisiana families through sponsors such as American Electric Power, Ochsner Health and Our Lady of the Lake Health – include an inkless fingerprint kit, a collection of samples DNA, physical identification information, a place for a recent photo, and easy-to-use instructions. They will be issued by the sheriff’s office in each parish through school resource officers.

“It’s a safety gift for parents in Louisiana. It doesn’t go into a database; rather, it allows parents to store their children’s vital information in the safety of their own home,” explained the LSA President and Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb.

“I would never have set LSU records or won the Super Bowl without preparation. I urge all other parents to use these kits; it only takes two minutes and will save you critical hours if your child goes missing” , added Mr. Faulk.

This year the National Child Identification Program celebrates its 25th anniversary. The program was created by football coaches in 1997 following the kidnapping and death of Amber Hagerman, the namesake of the AMBER Alert. Since then, more than 75 million child identification kits have been distributed nationwide through public-private partnerships.

“I am grateful for the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Landry and his commitment to public safety. I am honored to join the GA in this initiative to protect Louisiana’s children,” concluded Kenny Hansmire, executive director of the National Child Identification Program.

Video of a press conference announcing the launch is available at www.facebook.com/AGJeffLandry.

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