SPD to host child ID program

Staff Writer

The Starkville Police Department is partnering with the founder of a child identification program to let families gather vital information of loved ones in the event they are reported missing. Lynda Clardy's Child ID Program will host a free service event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 9 at Walmart on Highway 12.

The program will offer digital fingerprint scans, digital images and DNA swab kits to let families monitor family members in case of an emergency, according to program founder Lynda Clardy.

"We want to help anyone who is subject to running off and not being able to tell where they live or where they are from," Clardy said. "All ages are welcome."

While the focus on the program is on children, the event is open to the elderly who suffer from the effects of aging, she said.

All of the information that is collected goes back "to the parents" and is confidential until parents seek out authorities if a loved one is reported missing, Clardy said.

"It gives law enforcement more tools to work with," Clardy said. "This information is supposed to help locate missing persons."

Since the program started in 1977, the initiative has worked with law enforcement agencies, schools, daycares and churches across the state to help provide families with proper identification tools.

"All of the things in the program will be given to the parents," Clardy said. "It will not go to any database—local or national—it's private."

For more on the event, pick up our upcoming Saturday Jan. 2 edition.