Truckee PD starts fingerprinting program
Although he hopes Truckee parents will never experience the trauma of missing a child, Truckee Police Chief Scott Berry hopes to see a good turnout for the department’s child fingerprinting sessions scheduled for April 1-3.
“In the most tragic situation, it’s a necessity,” Berry said of having a complete set of a child’s fingerprints and other identifying information on file.
“Throughout the U.S. and the world there are children missing, and I think [local parents] think it won’t happen to them. They hope it won’t happen to them,” Berry said.
The Truckee Police Department’s child fingerprinting program is being run with permission of the superintendent of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and is designed for school-aged (K-8) children.
Three separate sessions are scheduled:
The first will take place on Thursday, April 1, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Truckee Elementary School.
The second on Friday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Glenshire Elementary School.
The third will be on Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the front lobby of the Truckee Police Station at 10183 Truckee Airport Road.
Truckee’s child fingerprinting sessions are a pilot program organized by Truckee Police Department Executive Assistant Rebecca Haynes.
According to Haynes, “We just believe it’s important because of all the missing children; and just having all this information available will help law enforcement in case someone’s child is ever missing. And I would like to think this will help put parents at ease.”
School-aged children will be given a print card on which their fingerprints can be recorded along with a recent photograph, a hair sample, and identifying information such as hair and eye color, height and weight, gender, race and characteristics particular to the child.
The fingerprint card will be sent home with the kids for storage in a safe place at home, and in the event that a child is missing, the card may be presented to law enforcement authorities responsible for the investigation.
For more information on the child fingerprinting program, call the Truckee Police Department at 550-2323.