EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — The Police and Community Services Unit is hosting a free child identification card event Thursday night, March 15, providing parents with an easy way to share information about their child with authorities in case of an emergency.
At the event, held at the Community Center on English Creek Avenue from 5 to 9 p.m., parents get a plastic card with their child’s identifying information.
“It’s for the parent or guardian to keep on them if they’re separated from the child at a store or an event,” April Stafford, police and community services logistics clerk, said in a phone interview. “It’s the best way to give the authorities or security all the information on the child.”
The card features the child’s name, date of birth, eye color, weight, height, any medical conditions and scars or marks, a small picture and the date it was issued, Stafford said. The information provided by parents is not stored by the Police Department or added to any database.
“If you’re in a panic, you can’t think of that information all the time,” Stafford added. “It’s the best way to have all that important information in one place.”
At the event, a parent or guardian can fill out a form with the information, a picture is taken of the child and they go home with the card that night, Stafford said. The service is available to all children, even babies.
“We don’t turn anyone away,” Stafford said.
The program has been building for about a decade, with stands at local events such as National Night Out. It’s the first time that it will be a stand-alone event.
“I think it’s going to be pretty successful, and we’ll continue doing it,” Stafford said.
For more information, see the Police Department’s Facebook page or contact Stafford directly at 609-926-4119.