Wexford Missaukee ISD Participate in Michigan State Police VIP Program

This week the Michigan State Police held a fingerprinting event as part of the VIP program they have started for vulnerable or impaired persons.Vip Program

This program gathers fingerprints and pictures of special needs children, and is put in a database to help assist in identifying them in the case that he or she becomes lost in the future and cannot identify themselves. This program will help eliminate any possible misunderstandings, but will also enable law enforcement to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of the individual.

This Tuesday, Michigan State Police were helping out the students of Wexford Missaukee Intermediate School District. Brenda Tarsa, the Director of Special Education with the Wexford Missaukee ISD, had told us that 35 families had joined this opportunity. With the help of the Kiwanis Club of Traverse City and Team One Credit Union, the fingerprinting fee of $30 will be waived thanks to their generosity to fund this program.

She says, “It’s definitely important especially when we have students with special needs who are non-communicative and they’re not able to tell individuals or law enforcement what their names are, where they live, their phone numbers, where their family members are.”

Trooper Prichard of the Cadillac Post, had expressed that getting the word out is so important. He says, “No one really knows about it…this makes the whole process less stressful when they come into contact with law-enforcement, we can identify them easily and return them safely with the least amount of stress.”

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