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Police to launch shoelace ID program

The Kingman Police Department is initiating an identification program that could help prevent children from becoming lost, injured or abducted.

KPD is attempting to get Kingman area groups and organizations to sponsor the program so the department can purchase plastic identification tags, which can be attached to a child's shoelace, KPD Cpl.

Tracie McKnight said.

If a child is lost or abducted, anyone can use the information inside the plastic ShoeClue tag, which includes the child's name and parents' names, a phone number and a code number, she said.

When a parent registers a child online, he or she will get the code number.

Information then is registered to a secure database that also includes a child's personal profile and medical history.

Inside the plastic tag is a toll free phone number that can be accessed 24-hours-a-day, along with the Internet address, she said.

During an emergency, an operator will ask for the code number to verify the child and will stay on the line until help arrives.

The ShoeClue tag, which can be purchased online at www.ShoeClue.com comes in pairs with five different cartoon zoo characters on the tag that appeal to children.

"We wanted something to attract kids," McKnight said.

The program is aimed at children from toddlers to 5-year-olds and possibly at children up to 8 years old, she said.

The product is endorsed by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

Portions of each sale of the identification tags will be donated to the American Police Hall of Fame honoring fallen police officers.

For more information on the ShoeClue tags, call McKnight at 753-2191 or go to Web site at www.ShoeClue.com.