As preserving the quality of life for residents in America’s largest township is a top priority for Town of Hempstead officials, nothing is more important than safeguarding and protecting our children. Supervisor Don Clavin and Town Clerk Kate Murray have announced the return of an initiative that provides parents with a comprehensive identification kit that holds specific attributes of their child that can be used in case a child goes missing.
“The Child Safety ID Program has enjoyed great success at the Town of Hempstead for a number of years,” Supervisor Clavin stated. “We hope that no parent has to endure a missing child, but if they do, this kit can greatly assist policing protocols in a timely manner.”
This summer, parents and children may visit our Child Safety ID Program at scheduled locations throughout the town, or make an appointment to visit the Town Clerk’s Office at Hempstead Town Hall to complete their ID kit. Fingerprinting and photographing services are provided free of charge by specially trained Town Clerk Office staff. The identification kit includes space to record medical information, dental records and other personal information for the child. Parents can also affix several strands of the child’s hair to maintain a DNA sample. In addition, the kit provides many safety tips to help your child become aware of signs that could indicate possible danger.
“It saddens me that this is a part of the modern day reality we live in,” Town Clerk Kate Murray stated. “But this program gives reassurance to many parents and provides some sense of relief when it comes to their children.”
Parents and guardians should not be concerned with regards to privacy matters, as completed kits are provided to the child’s family and no record of the child’s fingerprints and photographs are retained by the Town of Hempstead.
“We hope parents and guardians utilize this program and have a kit handy with their child’s vital information in case of possible emergent situations,” Supervisor Clavin concluded. “We will continue investing in programs that ensure the safety and protection of all children throughout the Town of Hempstead for many years to come.”
For questions about the Child ID Program, or to schedule an appointment at Hempstead Town Hall to complete a Child ID Kit, please call the Town Clerk’s Office at (516) 812-3046.