The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office continued its community outreach with Coffee with a Cop at The Hub in the Lunda Community Center last Thursday.
Every month the sheriff’s office gets together with members of the community to address concerns in the area and hold a presentation on different topics.
This month’s discussion was about the SafeAssured ID program and the benefits it can provide to the community.
SafeAssured ID creates a digital profile for people who might not normally have an ID, like children in case of an abduction or other emergency situations.
The program takes both a photo and video of the person walking to cover multiple angles of the faces and some walking mannerisms that are hard to change if a person is lost.
Those pieces of information, along with physical descriptions and finger prints, are put onto a CD for the parents or guardians to keep along with a printed photo ID.
With the CD, parents and guardians can take the information to any law enforcement agency across the country, or even e-mail it to them, and get the information out quickly.
“It’s the best program that’s out there I think,” said chief deputy Mark Moan.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office has been using the program since 2008.
During the Jackson County Fair this year, the sheriff’s office set up a station in the Milt Lunda Arena to run kids through the program and get parents the packets. Moan said they averaged around 30 kids a day.
Sheriff Duane Waldera said that the sheriff’s office does not collect or keep any of the information that’s collected through this program since it is not about collecting data for them, but instead it is about giving parents and guardians the resource.
Waldera also suggested that people should update the information on their SafeAssured ID periodically as it does come on a CD that can be damaged.
As kids age, it’s also important to update the ID with new pictures and physical descriptors to stay accurate.
It’s not just for children though, as the sheriff’s office hopes to expand the program to the elderly and cognitively disabled to ensure the most reach in the county.