Child identification and bike registration day in Sierra Vista | Community Spirit
The Sierra Vista Police Department’s first Child Identification (CHIP) & Bike Registration Day was such a huge success that they are offering it again on Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Police Station. At their first event, over 100 children were registered for the CHIP program providing parents with an Amber Alert ready package that contained their child’s DNA swab, color photo, fingerprints, and a recorded interview. This free program is provided by volunteers from the Cochise County “CHIP” Program.
“According to the volunteers of the CHIP program, our first event was the largest group that they’ve ever processed by over 30 kids,” said Cpl. Scott Borgstadt, police community resource/public information officer. “This feedback along with community support encouraged us to offer future opportunities for parents.”
The CHIP program is safe. After the child’s DNA swab, color photo, fingerprints, and a recorded interview is processed, the information is printed out and downloaded onto a CD and given to the parent or guardian. The software is designed so none of the child’s information is saved on the computer or retained by any volunteer.
On the same day, the Sierra Vista Police will be conducting a Bike Registration Day. Anyone can bring their bikes to the Police Department and have them registered. This will help get the bikes back to owners if they are lost or stolen. The registration will be completed by recording the serial number and personal information into the Sierra Vista Police Department computer system. NO additional numbers will be placed or stamped on the bike.
To register your bike you must live within the Sierra Vista city limits, but there is no residency requirement for the child identification program.
For more information, please call Cpl. Scott Borgstadt at 452-7500.