UPDATE: The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office hosted free fingerprinting for kids at the Food City in Ringgold on Saturday.

Catoosa County deputy Chris Marcus wants people to be safe, even when that means preparing for the unimaginable.

“We have not had to use it yet, which is a good thing. There have been agencies that have used these types of programs before to help identify a child that was missing,” Marcus said.

That's why the sheriff's office hosts regular events providing free fingerprinting for kids.

Marcus says the kits are extremely helpful to law enforcement.

“In the event that they become lost or misplaced, that will help law enforcement identify them,” he said.

The process is simple, just a few digital scans and a photo which gets printed onto ID cards for a parent to take home.

And it works for even the littlest fingers. Mitchell James came to Food City Saturday with his 6-month-old daughter to have a kit done.

"There's been a lot of Amber Alerts lately and it's probably just a good idea to get fingerprints done just in case,” James said. “I mean I hope it doesn't happen but there's a lot of crazies out there."

And in case you're worried about keeping the prints private, Deputy Marcus says they’re only for your use.
“We do not store the information, everything is deleted right here on the spot and they're given a paper print out of everything and they keep it,” he said.

Marcus adds that he just wants people to know the police are looking out.

“At the very least just a peace of mind that we're out here to help,” he said. “And that's all law enforcement." 

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They are for child identification kits.

The event is open to everyone, not just those who live in Catoosa County.

It's going on Saturday from 10 AM until 1 PM in the Food City parking lot on Highway 41 in Ringgold.

The event is free.