Children Learn to 'Spit for Safety'

Children Learn to 'Spit for Safety'

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(KSL News) -- Utah became the first western state today to implement a pilot program showcasing new ways to identify missing children.

It's called "KIDS," the kids identification documentation system. It includes a dental imprint, fingerprinting, a CD interview, and a cheek swab for DNA testing.

Karen Suchyta: "Our motto here today is, 'Spit for Safety.' That's because the dogs can track saliva for up to 72 hours. So as they're going through the program today, we're telling them, if you're lost or in trouble, please spit for safety."

Parents get to keep all that information and are encouraged to update it every three years.

The program will soon be available in Salt Lake City and Sandy venues. And best of all, it's free to the public.

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