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Program Helps Manteca Parents Get Word Out About Missing Children

Thanks to an enterprising city employee and financial backing from the local Kiwanis Club, Manteca parents now have a way to quickly disseminate information about a missing child to the public.

Police want Manteca parents to know about the free program, which could save critical time when a child has disappeared. The program involves having police take a digital photo of the child, which is then placed on a computer floppy disk. The parent is given the disk, which also contains a software program that allows the parents to fill in other personal identifying information on their child. If a child suddenly goes missing, the parents can immediately e-mail the information on the disk to the Manteca Police Department and other organizations whose mission it is to find missing children.

The system was pieced together by Modesto city employee Jeff Ross. It's a pretty simple process, he said. "Put the disk in your computer. You put the description of the person who took the child and other information where the child was."

In addition to making it easier for police to get the word out on missing children, the program also makes it simpler for parents to print their own missing child information flyers.

The Manteca Police Department hopes to expand the program for caretakers of those with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.

The Kiwanis Club of Manteca donated the nearly $4,000 for the program and disks.

About 500 Manteca parents have already taken advantage of the program. Parents are encouraged to click on the above link for a list of community events where the police department will be taking children's photographs for the free disks

(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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