CATOOSA COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office has partnered with the Tompkins Masonic Lodge #466 to provide child identification kits to Catoosa County parents and guardians.  The Georgia Child Identification Program is provided by the Masons of Georgia.

This program provides a computer disk to the parents or guardians of a child that contains all of the information needed for the authorities in the event a child is abducted or missing.  

"This is the best and most comprehensive child identification program currently available in Georgia," Sheriff Phil Summers said in a release about the program. "And it is free!"

The identification kit contains a computer disk with 4 digital photos of the child (left, right, front, and back of the child's head), complete digital fingerprints, voice recordings, together with identifying data (height, weight, hair color, eye color, scars, birth marks, medical concerns, and contact information) and a DNA swab.  

No information is retained in the computer.  All of this information is provided to the parent or guardian in a sealed packet along with two laminated quick reference cards free.  

The Sheriff's Office, along with Masons from the Tompkins Lodge, have already been to several Catoosa County Elementary Schools with this program.  To date, over 200 children have been through the program in Catoosa County.
"We encourage parents or guardians with children under the age of 16 to go through the program," said Sheriff Summers.

The next event is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Westside Elementary Spring Festival.