Parents concerned about the safety of their children are invited to complete an AZCHIP identification kit on Saturday at Pima Community College's downtown campus.
The completed kit includes fingerprints, a color photo, a recorded interview and a DNA sample collected by cheek swab.
The child's family keeps all of the identifying materials generated by the program. The kit can greatly assist law enforcement in the crucial early hours of a search for a missing child.
PCC and the Arizona Freemasons are co-hosting the free event, which is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 12 in the Amethyst Room of the PCC Campus Center Building, 1255 N. Stone Ave.
Space is limited, so you are encouraged to sign up by contacting Lyn Olsen at 206-7073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AZCHIP is part of MASONICHIP, an initiative of North American Freemason's Grand Lodges. MASONICHIP received a special award of commendation in February 2007 from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for its effort to generate packs of identifying items of children for parents.
None of the identifying information is retained by the Freemasons.
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