CTCHIP is a comprehensive child identification program designed to give families a measure of protection against the ever increasing problem of missing children. The Connecticut Freemasons Foundation are bringing this fine program to communities throughout Connecticut and are looking for other agencies/businesses to partner with in an effort to expand CTCHIP as part of their ongoing commitment to children and families. Their goal is to conduct CTCHIP Events state-wide so that any parent wishing to participate in this "FREE" comprehensive service will find it regularly offered in their area.
How does it work?
The Masons plan events that assemble the equipment and volunteers necessary to generate completed ID packages "PURPLE PACKS" that consists of the following major components:
- a brief recorded interview
- a digital still photograph
- fingerprinting of both hands
- dental bite impression
- cheek swap DNA/Scent Sample
The recorded interview and still photo burned by the camera directly onto a mini-DVD-ram disc, can not be viewed on your home DVD player or home computer, but can be viewed by Connecticut law enforcement if and when the parent turns it over to them to search for their missing child. The recorded interview disc is a recovery tool that provides far more individual characteristics, a voice sound-bite and mannerisms, in addition to the standard digital still photographs. Fingerprinting is a tried and true method of individual identification. The dental bite impression provides an 3-D image of the biting surface of teeth which, like fingerprints, are unique to each individual. The dental impression and cheek swab also collects enough saliva/cheek cells to provide DNA and a source for scent track for canine recovery. Together, these identifying items provide a most powerful identification and recovery tool.