The New Mexico State Police will be handing out free DNA sample kits on Friday during a blood drive at the Triangle Ace parking lot.
According to police, the DNA sample kits can be used by parents if their children disappear.
“It is a way to identify their children if they come up lost,” said Capt. Oscar Gonzales.
He said the DNA sample is a “sponge swab” that can be used to get a sample, and then it is held by the parents in the event their child goes missing.
The department has 100 sample kits to distribute, Gonzales said. Parents will be told at the event how to maintain the sample if it ever needs to be used.
Such kits can be used to obtain “forensic quality” DNA samples that can be used to build a genetic profile of a child, according to Web site casebreakers.com.
The blood drive — hosted by KSMX Radio and United Blood Services — will run from 6:30 a.m. to noon Friday at Triangle, 2400 N. Prince St.