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Photo by Mark Newman

Photo by Mark Newman

Two-and-a- half year-old Austin Berry from Stoney Creek gets finger and hand-printed by John McPherson, coordinator of Child Ident program at the Concession Street Community Policing Centre. The free service is available at the policing centre every Tuesday morning.

Has your child been ID’d?

Child Ident program heading out into the community

 By Mark Newman, News Staff

A little ink can result in a big piece of mind.

The coordinator of the Child Ident program at the Concession Street Community Policing Centre is urging parents to get their children’s feet, hand or fingerprints recorded by centre volunteers at one of the upcoming Mountain clinics.

“So if a child gets lost or disappears, this information goes to the nearest police station and throughout North America,” said John McPherson

Child Ident programs for children ranging from infants to teenagers are slated for the Sherwood Library from 10 a.m. to noon on March 30 and at Eastmount Park School from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on May 8th.

Parents can also bring their children to the Concession Street Community Policing Centre for printing each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

McPherson said in most cases youngsters under 18 months have a footprint recorded while older children provide hand and fingerprints.

The printing is done by a trained policing centre volunteer using ink that can be easily washed off and the prints are placed in a white booklet that is given to the parent or guardian.

McPherson said about 500 children are printed each year and he is in the process of setting up printing sessions at other Mountain locations.

While they haven’t had to use the program in recent years, Debbie McGreal-Dinning, media relations officer with the Hamilton Police Service, said the service supports Child Ident.

“Absolutely it is worthwhile,” McGreal-Dinning said. “Having that finger print is a vital investigative tool.”

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