- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Parents in Rapid City are being encouraged to register their children in a comprehensive child identification program.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says volunteers with the state’s Child Identification Program will be in Rapid City on Thursday to collect identifying items from children.

The items, including dental impressions, a DNA cheek swab and a photo, are put in a package for parents or guardians to keep. If a child goes missing, parents can use the identification kit to assist law enforcement in the investigation. Participation is free.

Masonichip International and the South Dakota Academy of Physician Assistants are among the groups that help implement the program in South Dakota.

The event scheduled for Thursday will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Crossroads Wesleyan Church.

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Online: www.sd-chip.org

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