INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has teamed up with NFL Alumni, law enforcement and school districts across the state to provide Safety Gameplan to K-5 students.
Rokita announced on Wednesday, February 28 all Indiana kindergarten through fifth grade students will receive a child ID kit this fall.
He made his announcement during a press conference with Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, NFL Alumni Association, Colts Super Bowl XLI Champion Marlin Jackson, and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Mike Singletary.
A press release from the Indiana Attorney General's office stated on average, 1,000 children go missing across the United States every day.
“Human trafficking is on the rise and our open border policies have brought it right to our front door,” said Attorney General Rokita.
“That is why I have filed multiple lawsuits to secure our southern border. Our office fights to keep criminals on appeal behind bars, we protect victims of crimes like human trafficking through our Address Confidentiality Program, and now we have built a coalition of community leaders to provide kits to all K-5 students this fall free of charge to Hoosier families.”
The release states when a child goes missing, time is of the essence.
Child ID kits give parents a tool to provide detailed information, a photograph, fingerprint, and DNA to law enforcement quickly.
Completed kits are kept in a safe place at home, out of a database, so parents are prepared if the unthinkable happens.
Kits will be distributed by superintendents and School Resource Officers (SROs) to all K-5 schools across the state.
The Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police will also distribute kits to local law enforcement.
The Attorney General’s Office brought together this coalition – Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, NOBLE, Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, and the NFL Alumni Association – with public and private funding from the General Assembly and American Electric Power to make these kits available to all K-5 families free of charge in the 2024 school year.
Attorney General Rokita’s full press conference is included below.