SPARKS, NV - In 1983, then-President Ronald Reagan declared May 25th, National Missing Children's Day. In observance parents are encouraged to take 25 minutes to talk about safety with their kids. Sparks Police Department participated in the “Take 25” campaign by holding a free child ID fair at the Outlets at Legends shopping center Friday.
The thought of their child going missing is too much to imagine for most parents, but it's a reality that has become all too familiar for police. They know the first 24 to 48 hours are critical in finding missing kids. The child ID kits provided by Sparks Police Department include fingerprints and pictures as well as a detailed questionnaire about personality and behavior.
Parents are often too horrified and stunned to provide that key information when their child goes missing. Having it readily available saves investigators hours, getting searchers efforts underway faster. A difficult lesson learned over years of high profile cases like Jaycee Dugard and Etan Patz.
If you didn’t make it out to the ID fair Friday, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting another free safety fair Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM the Tahoe Biltmore Lodge in Crystal Bay. You can also order the kits online through the National Child Identification Program for a small fee. A link to that site is located below.