The use of ID cards is becoming increasingly popular around the country, with colleges, employers and towns expanding the capabilities of these documents.
In the Tri-Cities, Washington area, one local crime specialist is pushing hard for child IDs to help protect kids, local NBC affiliate KNDU reports.
Kennewick Crime Prevention Specialist Mike Blatman is attempting to kickstart the new project to increase safety for local children. Termed "My ID Card," the project would ensure that all children under the age of 16 will possess a laminated ID that includes their picture and address, according to the news source.
The program has reportedly succeeded in other cities, having begun 15 years ago in Seattle, the media outlet noted. Blatman said the benefits of the program extend to a number of different situations.
"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," he explained. "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."
Currently, Blatman said that CrimeStoppers has one sponsor for the program, but that more are needed to give it the green light. The project would reportedly cost $4,000 and the group is approximately halfway there.
Similar to the Washington initiative, a 15-year-old boy in Illinois recently dedicated his Eagle Scout project to creating emergency identification cards for local residents. The boy said the project was initially designed for only children, but he later expanded it to include the elderly population as well, the Pioneer Press reported.