DARIEN, Conn. -- The Connecticut Service Plazas will hold the first Child Safety Day at the Darien Service Plaza on southbound I-95, where free AmberAlert Child ID cards will be distributed to parents and guardians of the children in attendance.
The event is Saturday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be broadcast live by WEBE 108 FM.
The parents or guardians of participating children will receive a wallet-sized, laminated card with a photo of the child, a unique AmberAlert number and essential information needed to find the child if he or she is abducted.
The encrypted information is sent to a secured National AmberAlert data base. The only requirement is for the parent or guardian to fill out and sign a brief consent form.
The child should be present for an accurate photo to be taken. Registration and the first AmberAlert ID card are free, and additional cards can be purchased for $2.
“The idea behind these ID cards is to get the child’s information and a good picture to law enforcement as fast as possible in the unfortunate case that a child goes missing or is abducted,” said Jack Eagan, Clinton Rotary Club Amber Alert Child ID Coordinator, in a statement.
Eagan, who has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience, says that often the photos provided to authorities are not the most accurate. These ID cards ensure that officers in the field will have access to a very accurate photo.
Connecticut State Police can also use the AmberAlert database to distribute the information outside the state to aid in the search.
The AmberAlert Child ID program is a program available for all children under the age of 18.