Northeast Ohio parents protect the safety of their children in light of Cleveland abductions

RTA Police create free ID cards for children

CLEVELAND - Northeast Ohio parents attending this year's Community Fitness, Health, and Safety Fair likely had the safety of their children further on the forefront of their minds, following the incredible rescue of Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry.

The Regional Transit Authority had "Operation Kid Watch" set up at the fair, held at FirstEnergy Stadium.

RTA police spent the afternoon fingerprinting, and taking the pictures of children free of charge.

Adults were then issued a picture ID card of their children.

Police said the card could make a big difference in helping investigators if their child is abducted in the future.

"They'll be able to just hand this card to a law enforcement officer - it will have their child's picture, their name, their heights and weight," said RTA Police Sgt. Ryan Fankhauser. "The child fingerprint is on the back of the card, it gives parents a check list on what to do in the event that your child goes missing.

The next stop for the RTA Kidwatch Program will be at the 7th Annual Stockyard Neighborhood Bike-A-Thon.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 in the front parking lot of Clark School, located at 5550 Clark Avenue.

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