Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced members of Explorer POST 323 will be offering free child identification services on Thursday, October 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lafourche Parish Public Library Raceland Branch.
Explorers will conduct fingerprinting, DNA swabbing and iris scans for each child during the event. These services are all offered free of charge. The identification information from the fingerprinting and DNA swabs will be turned over to the parents for safekeeping in the event of an emergency. A parent or legal guardian must be present for a child to participate in the iris scan. Results of the iris scan will be sent to a national database.
ABOUT EXPLORER POST 323:
Explorer POST 323 is open to Lafourche Parish youths ages 14 to 21 years. POST 323 has over 16 years of sustained service to Lafourche Parish. Over the last several years, Explorers have consistently averaged over 8,000 hours of service and training annually. This service is primarily comprised of, but not limited to, the child ID program, parking at community events, and assisting with other community and non-profit activities. The Lafourche Parish Sheriffs Office sponsors and supports Explorer POST 323. Additional financial support is provided by the non-profit Supporters of POST 323, which raises funds and accepts tax-deductible donations to assist in rewarding Explorers and funding trips such as the national conference and WinterFest in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Exploring is a career-based program. Anyone interested in joining the Explorers, or having them appear at a local event, should contact Lt. Lafate Day at (985) 532-4327 or by email at email@example.com.