LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Less than two percent of parents have a copy of their child’s fingerprints to use in case of an emergency.
Attorney General Aaron Ford is the first to implement this program across the nation and announced Tuesday that the National ID Program will distribute 42,100 kits to kindergarten students beginning the Spring of 2020 across the state of Nevada.
Joining the Attorney General in this announcement was Oakland Raiders Running Back Josh Jacobs.
The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) started the National ID Program in 1977 when a young girl named Amber Hagerman was abducted in Arlington, Texas.
Amber’s mother struggled for 5 days to collect fingerprint and DNA information on Amber. Out of that tragedy, the Amber Alert and National Child ID Program were created.
Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, who himself is a father to a young child, has pledged his support in efforts to keep children safe.
“It is important for me to give back to the state that I am about to call home. It is a blessing to be on this platform to give back and do for others. With me being a father I don’t know how I would react if my son went missing. With this program, knowing that something could be done in a faster time frame makes me feel safer. It is an honor to be here today,” said Jacobs
The ID Kit includes an inkless fingerprint card and DNA collection area to allow parents to easily record important personal information about their children. The kits are kept at home if ever needed. This ID Kit gives authorities vital information to assist in efforts to locate a missing child.