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KC Sheriffs Office keeping children safe
The Kitsap County Sheriffs Office provided 315 local children with identification and fingerprints at this years Kitsap County Fair & Stampede, so their parents can identify them if they go missing.
This is an important thing for all parents to do, as important as having an updated will, said Sheriffs Community Resource Officer Pete Ball. We recommend that parents come in every year for younger children, and every two years when children are seven or older.
The number served was down from last years total of 500.
At the booth, parents paid $5 for a CD that contained a digital photograph and a set of fingerprints. After the fair the data is not kept by the sheriffs department and becomes the parents responsibility for storage.
We do not have the resources to administer this data, Ball said. And we want to protect peoples privacy.
The money collected was used to cover costs. For an additional $3, parents could purchase a DNA kit.
Ball suggested that parents keep the disk in a safe deposit box or another secured location. He said that fingerprints dont change over the years, but as kids get older the prints become easier to read. And DNA does not degrade.
Ball said that in many cases the data would be used in the worst cases, but would also be helpful to identify abductees who have been missing for several years.
Ball said there were no plans to offer the identification service year round, but that would be my goal.