Child DNA Program

**Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and current public health policy, the Orange Police Department Volunteer Program is temporarily postponed until further notice.**

The Orange Police Department (OPD) is pleased to provide the Child DNA Program, made possible by our dedicated team of volunteers. Orange Police Department personnel who have successfully passed an extensive background check, with parent/guardian authorization, will swab the inside of the child’s cheek to capture their DNA. Once the DNA is captured, the sample is given to the parent/guardian for safekeeping. The Orange Police Department does not retain DNA samples. In the unfortunate event a child goes missing or there is a need to identify them, the DNA sample is provided by the parent or guardian to Law Enforcement to assist in an investigation.


What is DNA?

DNA is deoxyribonucleic acid, a self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes. It is the carrier of genetic information.

Where do we offer the Child DNA Program?

The Child DNA Program is currently offered at the following city sponsored events:
  • Orange Police Department's National Night Out, typically held the first Tuesday in August. Click here for more information on National Night Out
  • Community Services Treats in the Streets Autumn Festival. Click here for more information on Treats in the Streets.
If you are unable to attend these events, please click here for information on creating your own Child DNA Kit.
  • Click here for information on becoming an OPD volunteer.
  • Click here for information on OPD's free Citizen Academy course.