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FBI Child ID app newest tech tool to find missing children

November 14, 2011|By Brian Heap | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(WICHITA, Kan.) — Years ago, parents stood in line at special events to get their children fingerprinted or have a special photo ID card made.  Today, giving police information about your missing child is just an app away.

The FBI says its Child ID app has been downloaded more than 80,000 times.  The app allows parents to store a child's picture and vital information on their phone and email it directly to police with the touch of a button.

"The sooner that we have the information that will be helpful such as photographs, physical descriptions and any other things that we can use as identifiers, the better," said Lt. Jeff Weible of the Wichita/Sedgwick County Missing and Exploited Child Unit.

The app also has an option for password protection.  The FBI says none of the information stored is accessible to anyone until you send it.

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"You have a tool there that has that information that is needed by law enforcement versus you having to go home grab a picture of your child, you have it right there as yet another another tool to assist law enforcement," said FBI Public Affairs Specialist Bridget Patton.

Currently, the Child ID app is only available for download through Apple ITunes for use with IPhones.  Patton said the FBI is working on a version for other smartphones.

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