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Child ID safety

During the Rite Aide Family Fun Day at 7245 Henry Clay Blvd. parents and guardians had the opportunity to register their children with a statewide child identification database.

Onondaga County Sheriff's Deputies Doreen Brisson and Elizabeth Lehmann were on hand to help community members fill out paperwork, take photos and fingerprints in order to create each child an emergency identification card right on the spot. The registration is free to anyone that would like their child registered.

Both Brisson and Lehmann said that it's important to have all of the biographical information and a photo ready in case of an emergency.

"The fact that they can keep this card on their person is great," Lehmann said.

She said that in times of crisis, it could be hard for parents or guardians to quickly give police basic information in order to begin looking for their child. Basic descriptors like hair and eye color, weight and height could be hard to give officials when a parent is worried about their child, she said.

Taking full advantage of her employer's gathering, Rite Aide drug receiver Liz Layton decided to bring her three granddaughters to see where she works and to register them with the database.

"I thought that it was a great idea," Layton said. "I never had the time to do it before."

Handling the processing portion of the registration, Deputy Brisson had the laptop up and going to receive instant fingerprints from each child that signed up with the database.

"The information here in the database gives police so much to work with at the first minute of an emergency," she said.

Parents are encouraged to keep information in the database current. Younger children under 12 are suggested to update with the database every six months because of changes in appearance, height and weight.

Children 13 and older are advised to update information at least once a year.

The sheriff's department will be at the Cicero Festival this weekend with a booth for child ID registration as well.

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