Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced members of Explorer POST 323 will be offering free child identification services on Tuesday, November 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lafourche Parish Public Library Choctaw Branch.
Explorers will conduct fingerprinting, DNA swabbing and iris scans for each child during the event. All these services are offered free of charge. The information obtained from the fingerprinting and DNA swabs will be turned over to the parents for safekeeping in the event of an emergency. Results of the iris scan will be sent to a national database. A parent or legal guardian must be present for a child to participate in the iris scan.
Last month, the Explorers provided child ID services at several events, including a similar event at the Raceland Branch Library. They also assisted with parking at several community events and festivals.
ABOUT EXPLORER POST 323:
Exploring is a career-based program. Explorer 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. Any youth from age 14 to 21 interested in joining the Explorers, or anyone interested in having the Explorers appear at a local event, should contact Lt. Lafate Day at (985) 532-4327 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.