We took the kids this morning to get IDed at the MasoniCh I. P. program at our local mall. It’s a free service sponsored by the Masonic Grand Lodge of Canada, working alongside regional and national law enforcement agencies. CH I. P. stands for Child Information Program, and basically it’s set up to help you get all the information you would need if your child were ever to go missing.
I was pretty impressed when we brought the kids to get IDed. The entire thing was very well organized. There was zero wait time. They had the area divided into several private booths, so that they could be working with more then one family at a time.
We had to fill out some forms, and get the kids’ weight and height. Then they took us into a booth where a woman entered our info into a laptop. They had Rainbow sit on her Dad’s lap so she’d be the right height for the camera and they used a video camera to take her photo from the front, and both sides. They then took a short video with her speaking into a microphone. The fingerprint component was also 100% electronic — a.k.a. no mess. It was a nifty little gadget that put the prints right into the computer. All of this was then burned into an “amber alert compliant” CD. They then repeated the whole process with the baby, minus the chatting parts. Next they had Rainbow make a dental imprint, and then they wiped a swab in the both of the girls’ mouths for DNA samples.
We ended up with a separate CD for each kid. We were told that, heaven forbid, if anything were to ever happen to one of our children we could hand this CD to the police and they would be able to access it on the computers in their squad car, and immediately upload an amber alert. We were also told that we could burn copies of this CD (I should get on that).
I really think having your children take part in a program like this is important. I hate to even think of the possibility of anything bad happening to my girls. But if something did happen, now I know I’ve done everything I can to help protect them.
Rainbow thought the whole thing was a treat. The people we worked with were great with the kids. They were professional, polite and thorough. The whole thing is free and it took maybe twenty minutes to get both of the kids IDed.
I’d really recommend keeping an eye out for when this program is offered again. It happens annually throughout the province of Ontario. You can find more information, and dates on when events will be held, at the MasoniCH I. P. program website.
I didn't know that this was going on! I will have to check it out today. What a great service. And I agree, heaven forbid that any parent should have to use it!
Mom vs. the boys says
wow, it was really detailed too with swabs and dental imprints. I shiver at the thought of needing that. sounds like a great program, and awesome that they do it for free.