Our department enjoyed another busy and productive year in partnering with our community in 2011. Community involvement continued to be fostered through several programs, including the Kid Care ID Program. KidCare was the first comprehensive program to educate families about child safety issues and encourage parents to maintain current standardized photographs of their children.
A KidCare Photo ID Event is held annually at the Russell County Free Fair. This year another 250 children participated. The purpose of the event is to provide parents with a free photograph of their children as well as current vital statistics and fingerprints, which is recorded in an I.D. booklet (pictured). With this booklet, parents would be given some "peace of mind" knowing that they had appropriate information available should their child be lost or abducted.
The Russell County Attorney provides funding for the purchase of the KidCare ID kits. The department, with the support of local businesses, provides manpower gifts and raffle prizes for all participants. The KidCare ID program targeted youth safety and parental involvement. Over 300 children were photographed and fingerprinted. For more information about child safety please visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.