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SDCHIP helps fight crime

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For six years, The South Dakota Child Identification Program or "SDCHIP" is doing everything they can to quickly correct unthinkable situations in Rapid City. 

The organization takes several identifying items of a child including dental imprints, DNA cheek swab, fingerprints, a still photo, and even a video taped interview. Those items are put on a disk for the parents to keep.

"The big thing is that this disk can go down to the police station and be put on Amber Alert, which helps out the police department," said South Dakota West River Mansons Coordinator, Jack Welker . "It's just a good satisfaction for their parents."

Welker adds the SDCHIP computer systems that stores a child's information are not connected to the internet so the risk of identity theft is minimized.

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