A proclamation, recognizing May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day, was issued at the Monday Greenwood city council meeting at the request of Chief Will Dawson. Chief Dawson stated, “This day is significant as families across America hold out hope that their missing children will be returned to them. The success story in Ohio this week certainly brings energized hope and motivation to all officers that are involved in a missing child case.”
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year. On average, 2,000 children are reported missing to law-enforcement agencies daily. Dawson stated, “The numbers are terrifying to me as a parent and a police officer. We need to do everything in our power to educate our children about the dangers they may encounter.”
The Greenwood Police Department will provide child identification kits May 20th through May 24th for children enrolled in Greenwood schools. Parents can bring children to the police department during normal business hours to obtain identification kits. A special day has also been scheduled at Westwood Elementary School in the cafeteria from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on May 23rd for parents and children to obtain identification kits. Each kit includes sections for:
- child’s physical description and identifying marks
- doctor’s phone number
- current photograph
- DNA kit for cheek swabs
Please note that officers will be available to assist parents in taking fingerprints and DNA.