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EZ Child ID
We are pleased to offer you the nation’s most comprehensive digital fingerprinting child identification system. The system captures all the vital information required by the Amber Alert system. In addition the system records a digital video with voice that is saved in digital AVI format.

EZ Child ID Software form includes all 10 fingerprints and is saved in the universal PDF format. The parent not only receives a printed EZ Child ID card and the EZ Child ID form, but they also get a CD with all the information on it. To help protect from identity theft, the EZ Child ID Software Kit was written so that no information of the child is saved on the computer. Once you start over, all of the information is erased off the EZ Child ID system. The parent is the only person who retains the data. This is the NEW STANDARD in child identification programs! The printed EZ Child ID card, form and CD is furnished to parents by the police department free of cost.

All Glen Carbon parents are encouraged to contact the Police Department and schedule an appointment to participate in the Child ID program. The service is also available scouts, schools, businesses and community groups as well.

DNA has been defined as genetic fingerprinting and has become a critical identification tool. The Glen Carbon Police Department was the first police department in the metro east area to furnish home DNA identification kits to citizens to obtain DNA samples for their children and family members.
Advances in technology have made DNA collection simple and it can be done with household items. Follow the link below to obtain instructions and a list of materials needed to collect DNA samples at home.

Klaas Kids Foundation.

Firearm & Hunter Safety Course

On January 1, 1996, a State law was passed that anyone born on or after January 1, 1980 may not be issued a hunting license unless they present a valid Hunter Education Certificate or they present evidence he or she has held a hunting license issued by the State of Illinois or another state in a prior year. The Glen Carbon Police Department provides Hunter Safety Courses to the general public according to the requirements of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Glen Carbon Police Department has four police officers certified as volunteer instructors, and has put on free classes with an average size of 30 students.

Students must complete the online-based study portion before attending a Field Day. All students attending a field day will be required to provide the lead instructor a Field Day Voucher from one of the authorized providers, or, and a form of valid identification. Children who do not have their own ID must have parents or guardians show ID on their behalf.

It is the policy of IDNR that youth under the age of ten (10) must be accompanied to and during the safety education courses by an adult or guardian at least sixteen (16) years of age. However, the educational material is based on a sixth-grade reading level.

Mere attendance of this safety education training and taking a written test will not guarantee the passing of this course. Multiple criteria such as mental and physical competency, the ability to demonstrate and recognize safe procedures, attitude and the maturity level of each individual student will be a factor assessed by the instructors in the final certification process.

The field day class is typically 5 hours long and will include “hands-on” activities, exercises, discussions and demonstrations targeted at enhancing the student’s skills. The student will also be observed and reviewed by the instructors as they watch for and assess the student’s behavior, communication skills and safety awareness. At every opportunity instructors will emphasize hunter responsibilities, ethics and safety.

During the field day students can expect to participate in some or more of the following activities:
  • Open Discussion of “Hunter Responsibility and Ethics”
  • Firearm Handling – 10 Commandments of Safety
  • Firearm / Ammunition orientation
  • Zones of Fire
  • Treestand Safety
  • Fall Arrest Systems
  • Conservation Police Officer to discuss laws and regulations
  • 50 question Hunter Education exam – 80% to pass

The Glen Carbon Police Department will advertise their classes through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website, as well as through the Glen Carbon email-based public information system.

Certified Officers: Sgt. Ned Miller, Ofc. Jeremy Hosto, Ofc. Bronson Painter & Ofc. Patrick Barnes

Child Safety Restraint Program
The Glen Carbon Police Department is pleased to provide installation of vehicle child restraint systems to the public. Every year thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 3 and older in the United States. Securing your children properly in age and size appropriate child safety seats — in the back seat of your vehicle — is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in the event of a crash. It is estimated that 80% of all car seats are installed incorrectly. The certified Car Seat Technicians at the Glen Carbon Police Department are nationally certified, experienced installers and are eager and willing to assist parents with the correct and proper installation of their child restraint systems. We want everyone who operates and rides in a motor vehicle to buckle up and be safe. A limited amount of grant funding is available to Glen Carbon residents for purchase of needed restraint system(s) based upon need and qualification.

Check for a car seat check station near you.
*information was obtained from the NHTSA web site

Certified Officers: Det. Paul Cates, Sgt. Andrea Painter, Ofc. Bronson Painter

Child Restraint FAQ's
What is the appropriate child restraint system?
Child safety seats include infant seats, convertible seats (rear facing for infants and forward facing for toddlers) and booster seats.
  • Use REAR-FACING INFANT/ CONVERTIBLE SEATS in the back seat from birth to at least one year old and at least 20 pounds.
  • Use FORWARD-FACING TODDLER /CONVERTIBLE SEATS in the back seat from age one to about age four and 20 to 40 pounds.
  • Use BOOSTER SEATS in the back seat from about age four and 40 pounds to at least age eight unless 4'9".
  • Use SEAT BELTS at age eight or older or taller than 4'9". All children 12 and under should ride in the back seat.

My 7 year old child is too large for her booster seat, what should I do?
Typically, booster seats are for children weighing between 40 and 80 pounds, usually between the ages of 4 and 8years old. There are booster seats available for children weighing over 80 pounds

Are child safety seats required in taxicabs or buses?
No, commercial vehicles are exempt

My vehicle has only a lap belt system, what do I do?
If your child is over 40 pounds they may be transported in the back seat without a booster seat if the back seat of your vehicle is only equipped with lap belts. Booster seats should only be used with a lap/shoulder belt combination.

Does this law apply to my 14 year old?
Yes, the Child Passenger Protection act applies to all children under the age of 19 years old. Children between the ages of 8 and 16 years old must be secured in a properly adjusted safety belt in any position in the vehicle. The safest place for any child 12 years and under is in the back seat. Also, keep in mind that Illinois has a primary safety belt law, which means that front seat passengers and the driver must also be properly restrained.

Do the child passenger safety laws apply to my 5 year old child when riding in a RV?
Yes, any person transporting a child under the age of 8 years old in a recreational vehicle on the roadways, streets or highways of the state of Illinois is responsible for securing him or her in an appropriate child restraint system