San Diego FBI Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter recently announced the launch of a free FBI Child ID app. The mobile application enables parents to store photos and vital information about their children on their iPhone, so in the event that a child goes missing parents can immediately show or email physical identifiers and photos to law enforcement officials. The app also includes tips on keeping children safe, as well as specific guidance on what to do in the first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.
Currently the app is available for use on iPhones and can be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes. The app is expected to be available on other types of mobile devices in the near future.
The FBI does not collect or store information uploaded to the app. The information is only stored locally on the individual’s mobile device unless it is sent to authorities at a time of emergency. Parents are encouraged to refer to their mobile provider’s terms of service for information about the security of applications stored on device.
The FBI also regularly distributes child ID kits in the San Diego community. Child ID kits are distributed at various San Diego community events throughout the year, including “National Night Out” and “Finish Chelsea’s Run.” The traditional child ID kits allow parents to collect and record their child’s photos, fingerprints, personal characteristics and DNA for use in an emergency. The FBI does not collect the Child ID Kits, but rather distributes them for use by parents and guardians.
Child ID Kits will be distributed at the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive Chick-fil-A night in Mira Mesa (10750 Camino Ruiz, San Diego, CA) on Aug. 30 from 5-7 p.m.
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