SANGERVILLE — The American Legion Auxiliaries in Piscataquis County are joining with law enforcement agencies to offer fingerprinting to all first-grade pupils in the county.
According to Lois Worcester, president of the Stott Flanders American Legion Auxiliary in Sangerville, who is spearheading the project, police officers from the local departments and the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Association will fingerprint all first-grade pupils, with the permission of parents.
Permission slips must be signed by parents before the fingerprinting can be completed.
Worcester said only one card will be used in the fingerprinting process, and that will be presented to the parent for safe keeping. The card could be used in the event a child became a missing person. She said she hoped parents would support this program, and would keep the record with other important papers in a safe place.
This is the first time the auxiliaries have offered such a program. If it’s successful, Worcester said pupils in other grades would be fingerprinted. Children, youth and veterans are the main focus of the auxiliaries.
Worcester said she hoped the fingerprinting program would begin in mid-October.