News Release 242

Child identification programs planned by Missouri State Park Rangers

Volume 38-242 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., APRIL 21, 2010 -- The Missouri State Park Ranger Program is helping to keep your children safe through a child identification program offered to elementary schools, Head Start facilities and day-care facilities around the state.   

"Children are our greatest resource and we want to do whatever we can to keep them safe. These child identification programs are one way to do that," said Bill Bryan, director of the state park system for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The State Park Ranger Program promotes safety and provides law enforcement for Missouri state parks and historic sites.

Each program will include a child identification kit for each student. The kit includes an area for basic information about the child, including a description. Each child will be fingerprinted and that fingerprint will be included in the kit. The kit also includes a place for a photo of the child, which can be updated by the parent as the child ages. The kits are given to the children to take home. If the child becomes lost or is taken, parents or guardians can provide this valuable information to law enforcement to aid in the search.   

The dates and places for the child identification programs are listed below:

The program is part of the overall outreach effort provided the Ranger Program to promote safety awareness in schools, in state parks and historic sites, and other venues such as the Missouri State Fair. The kits are provided by the Ranger Program free of charge and approximately 2,500 children identification kits are distributed each year during outreach programs.

For more information about the State Park Ranger Program or state parks and historic sites, call the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or visit mostateparks.com.

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