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New technology expands child ID fingerprinting system

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Emily Allison is five years, 11 months old. She weighs 63 pounds. In the right lighting, her hair looks vanilla.

All these details will change one day. But one stays the same forever: her fingerprints.

"That's one thing that will always be her," said her mother, Jennifer Allison, of Saint Albans. "Nowadays with everyone snatching kids, kids disappearing, runaways, it always just makes me feel better to have her information."

Moose Lodge 565 and Nitro Police Department partnered up to sponsor a free identification clinic on Tuesday at Nitro High School.

They welcomed everyone from babies to teenagers to seniors, with the goal of digitizing their personal information.

"I can speak as a parent too," said Chief Brian Oxley, with Nitro Police Department. "I want so many forms of identification. I want so many pictures, I want so much information."

Volunteers from the Moose Lodge recorded each person's name, age, weight, height, address, along with any other important information. Then, they scanned prints of all 10 fingers through a computer system.

Finally, volunteers snapped pictures of the subjects from different angles before transferring the information to a blank disk.

With the digitization of the fingerprinting process, police can upload the information to the computers in their cruisers and begin an investigation immediately.

"I don't want to be separated from my child, and I don't want parents to be separated from their children," Oxley said.