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Kiddo Card Events
Jeremiah's Italian Ice
254 Green Hollow Dr. Suite 103, Temple TX
Friday, August 12, 2022
Will this be a walk in event or do people have to register?
This is a walk in event. Only one form is needed to be completed and only takes a few minutes.
Do parents/legal guardians have to be present to get a kiddo card?
Yes, parents needs to be present to fill out the forms and make sure all the information is current
Does it cost anything to get a Kiddo card?
Kiddo cards are provided at no cost and can be updated every year
Is there a limit to how many Kiddo cards a family can get?
There is no limit. Every child can get a card as long as they are between the ages of 2-15.
Is there a limit to how many Kiddo cards one child can get? For example, if they can two to have a copy, can they request that?
We will only make one card per child unless another is specifically asked for, in which case, it is determined at that time if a second is necessary.
How long does it take to get a Kiddo card?
Kiddo cards only take a few minutes. Usually between 5-7 minutes. Wait times may increase how long it takes to get a card as we only have two card printers. Please be patient with our officers while they fill out the template and get your child's picture taken and added to the card. We will also get a thumbprint from your child that will be on the back of the card.
Will they receive the Kiddo card that day?
Yes, the cards will be given to the family before we move onto the next family.
If parents want to update a Kiddo card, what’s the process for that?
We will make a brand new card for each child if the card is older than one year, the families address or phone number has changed, or if the child has had any significant changes in their appearance (growth spurt, significant weight gain/loss, new scars, etc)
Is TPD the only place parents can get a Kiddo card?
Currently, we are unaware of any other local agency that provides this service. We are going to try to have more of these events throughout the year, but parents should just periodically check the TPD facebook page for upcoming events.
Can parents request a Kiddo card even if they can’t attend the event or do they have to be present?
We will need a parent or guardian present to get the card. A trusted family member can bring the child, but they will need to be prepared with all of the child's information (proper first and last name spelling, birthdate, address, parent/legal guardians name, and current phone number.
What information/documents are necessary to get a Kiddo card?
We have one form to fill out that has spots for all of the child's information to include name, birthday, eye color, hair color, height and weight (we will have a scale and ruler to get accurate numbers), emergency contact name, emergency contact number, address, and any other identifying information. This is information is NOT kept in any system. All forms are properly shredded at the end of the event. All images are cleared from the card making system, so no information can be obtained later on.
If they lose a Kiddo card, can they get a new one by calling PD?
Because we don't keep the records or keep a database for these cards, if a card is lost, a new one will need to be made at another event in the future.
Why are Kiddo cards beneficial?
Kiddo cards are child identification cards that parents can keep on them. In the event the child is separated from their family, the parent or guardian can give the card to an officer who will then take a picture of it and send it out to all officers working that day. It is very common in an emergency or when a child is missing for the family to forget what their child looks like (height, weight, hair, etc). These cards take out the guess work and helps not only the parents with peace of mind, but responding officers to have the most up to date information on the child as possible. It is also a very good learning tool for parents to teach their children to remember their name, their parents name, their address, and their parents phone number. In the event that a child is found without their parents, this information will help officers reunite them quickly and safely. It is recommended that these cards be kept with the parents unless the child is responsible enough to not lose the card. Teaching your children to present the card if they get lost will also help officers have a quick action to reunite the family.
During big events where there will be large crowds, making a photocopy of the card and placing it in your child's pocket is always recommended. Go over with your child what to do in the event that they get lost and the individuals that they should show the card to. We also recommend taking a picture of your child in the outfit they are wearing when you leave for the big event (with and without jacket if it's a cold day) so that you can provide that to officers as well. Knowing exactly what your child looks like the day they go missing helps us to narrow down who we are looking for and make sure that we locate your child regardless if they are found by themselves or with someone else. In the event that an amber alert needs to be issued, this will also provide officers a quick reference for the alert to be posted.
Just like an ID card for adults or a driver license, these cards are a quick resource for officers and other trusted adults.
Burgers with the Badge
The Temple Police Department is hosting Burgers with the Badge. An annual event where citizens can attend a picnic and ask questions, make suggestions or just have good conversations with their local police department.
Check back periodically for updates on the next Burgers with a Badge event!