The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s San Francisco Division honored Pablo Sandoval, of the San Francisco Giants, for taking a leadership role to help protect Bay Area children today.
Sandoval received a certificate of appreciation for partnering with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)/FBI National ID Program to provide 50,000 Child ID Kits to children in the San Francisco community.
Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Stephanie Douglas presented the award along with an official FBI San Francisco patch and coin at the Phillip Burton Federal Building today.
“Professional athletes often are called heroes, but Pablo is a real hero today,” said SAC Douglas. “The FBI and the National Child ID Program are looking forward to teaming up with Pablo to keep our children and community safe.”
Child ID kits will be distributed in the community throughout the fall by the FBI and local law enforcement. The kits include an inkless fingerprint identification card, inkless fingerprinting black image applicator, and two sterile cotton swabs to collect DNA. These kits are meant to be completed and stored at home by the child’s guardian.
“The AFCA/FBI National Child ID Program is excited to partner with Pablo and grateful for his commitment to help protect the children of San Francisco,” said Kenny Hansmire, the AFCA/FBI National Child ID Program executive director. “Pablo is a professional athlete who understands the importance of investing back in the community that supports you, and 50,000 children in San Francisco will be safer due to his efforts.”
The America Football Coaches Association (AFCA) created the National Child Identification Program (NCIDP) in 1997. In December 2001, the FBI joined the partnership with the AFCA. This is the only program that has the backing of the FBI.
Members of the media should call Public Affairs Specialist Julianne Sohn, FBI San Francisco at 415-553-7450. Groups interested in finding out more about the National Child ID Program should call Community Outreach Specialist Alicia Sensibaugh at 415-558-2505.