FREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Youth ID program will offer parents a chance to obtain ID cards for their children during National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Long Branch, Neptune, Manalapan, Sea Girt and Fair Haven.
The youth ID program consists of a credit card size photo ID of a child that is carried by a parent or guardian who maintains complete control of the card. In an emergency, the card can be given to local first responders to aid in the rapid location and safe return of a child.
“The youth ID program is offered year round and helps ensure the safety of our children, which is a top priority at the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Shaun Golden said.
Parents, who obtain the cards for their children, are asked to complete a brief information and authorization form, a digital photo is taken, and the information and photo subsequently is are placed on the card and mailed to the parents. The photo ID process is fast, friendly and does not compromise the privacy or identity of a child.
During the Monmouth County Fair, which ran from July 24-28, the sheriff’s office issued 600 youth ID cards.
The success of the program would not be made possible without the assistance and dedication of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office clerical staff who worked at the Monmouth County Fair, and the VISCOMP (Volunteers in Sheriff’s Community Programs) volunteers who participate in community programs.
Those who wish to schedule a youth ID program event may contact Kathy Morrison at 732-577-5743.