Child DNA

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 available to schools and organizations within the City of Orange and Orange Unified School District that have a minimum of 30 children who will participate. Events we have provided this service at include:
  • Youth School Fairs
  • Child Safety events
  • Back-to-School nights
  • Science Fairs
  • City sponsored events including OPD’s National Night Out and Community Services’ Treats-in-the-Streets
If you are interested in having the Orange Police Department come out and provide this free program, please complete a Child DNA Program request form. Please note due to the popularity of the program we request one month notice. Requests are first come first serve and if we are already committed to an event for the date of your request, we are happy to assist you with a future event.