Rochester, N.Y. - When a child turns up missing or is abducted, time is critical.
Studies show the quicker information gets out to police and the community, the more likely a child will be found safe.
Police say it takes about ten minutes to gather all the initial information they need when a child is reported missing, including photos, DNA and fingerprints.
The FBI's free Child ID App stores all of that information, and makes it easy for investigators to access it.
The mobile app electronically stores vital information on your children, including photos, height, weight and other identifying characteristics like scars.
Itt also includes information on what to do during the first 24 hours a child is missing. and what to do in the second 24 hours.
"Your police department can take that electronically and send it to every patrol car that has a communication link," said FBI Special Agent Steve Frazier. "Instantly, everybody would have that photo within seconds."
The FBI Child ID App is only available only for the iPhone right now. The agency said it will be available soon for other devices.
For a link to the app, click here.