Community Based Policing Committee and Masons team up to host Child ID Program


By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Community Based Policing Committee (ACBPC) and the Amherstburg Mason’s are teaming up to give parents a little peace of mind.

On Saturday, Feb 9 the two organizations will host a Child Identification Program in the lobby of the United Community Credit Union Complex from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Child Identification Program uses modern, police-approved techniques to create a child identification kit for the ones you love. The kit collects photos, video, voice recordings, digital fingerprints, dental impressions, saliva swabs as well as traditional statistical information (height, weight, hair and eye color, etc.). This information is matched to work seamlessly with Ontario’s law enforcement providers. By being so compatible, the critical identifying information can be broadcast and shared more quickly than ever before to assist with the safe recovery of missing children. The program is brought exclusively to families by dedicated Masons and Amherstburg Police; free of charge along with the sentiment that they hope you never need to use it.

“We are really hoping that everyone in the community really takes the opportunity to come out and use this service,” said ACBPC president Dave Stobbs.

When a child has a kit prepared, their parent or guardian will receive a printed colour data sheet with several ID card inserts, a CD-ROM storing all the digital information, and a sealed bag with the dental plate and cheek swab. All this material and information is given to the parent or guardian.

Stobbs said all the information that is entered into the computer is deleted after the kits is made and the information CD is handed over to the parents.

“Everything will be deleted,” Stobbs said. “Parents won’t have to worry about what happened to the information because it will be all gone, no one will never see it.”

Stobbs added every parent should have a CD like this, just in case anything should happen to their child.

‘If a child were to go missing, this program will help not only the officers on the scene but also speed up the Amber Alert process,” he said. “The police are going to be able to put the information into their system immediately and share it across the country. The faster the Amber Alert is processed and out there, the better chances of a child returning.”

Stobbs also added once the information CD is handed over to the parents should store the CD in a safe spot where they will remember in case they need it.

“This is the first time we have put on something like this,” said Stobbs. “This is something that is very important to our town.”

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