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Crimestoppers trying to bring Child ID cards to Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Kennewick Crime Prevention Specialist, Mike Blatman is trying kick off a new project in the Tri-Cities that will help protect kids. It's called the "My ID Card,' a laminated identification card with child's picture and address.

It's a successful program started 15 years ago in Seattle, and CrimeStoppers is hoping to bring it here.The purpose is so that all children under the age of 16 will have id on them, and it will make it easier for police and paramedics to act accordingly in case of an emergency.

"A lot of times kids go maybe to daycare, maybe they're being helped or watched by a baby-sitter and it will have id information on those children. it will also help in the event that there is some sort of incident the child runs away or is missing., you'll have all that information right on the card," says Blatman.

Blatman says they have one sponsor but need more to make it happen. The entire project costs $4,000 and they are about $2,000 short. He also says they hope to make 2,500 ID cards for kids their first year and keep going from there.

Besides sponsors, Blatman is also looking for volunteers for the project. He says the organization will train and pay for their background check. If interested call 509-582-1351.