Thursday, July 24 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:46:21 GMT
Former Associated Press writer Jim Purks shared his experiences with people in Albany Thursday night.More >>
Former Associated Press writer Jim Purks shared his experiences with people in Albany Thursday night. More >>
ADEL, GA (WALB) -
Experts took fingerprints and DNA samples from dozens of south Georgia children today to help protect them.
Cook Primary School in Adel took part in the Georgia C-H-I-P program.
A child's information goes on a disk, which is given to their parents who can in turn give the disk to law enforcement to help locate the kids in case they go missing.
"[We're] takin' their DNA, their fingerprints, their weight and their height and puttin' it all on a disk and sealin' it up and sendin' it home to the parents for future use if needed," said Freddie Stone, one of the members of the Georgia Masonic Lodge who volunteered to help at the event.
Other event volunteers said they're glad to do this.
"I believe it's an important thing for these kids...we've understood it gives police or the sheriff's department at least a four to five hours ahead of schedule to find these kids," said Render Folson, an event volunteer and member of the Georgia Masonic Lodge.
The Georgia Masonic Lodge sponsored the event. Members said they hope to be back at the school next year.