New safety system aims to protect children nationwide - WNEM TV 5

New safety system aims to protect children nationwide

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GRAND BLANC, MI (WNEM) -

A new system could revolutionize child safety.

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. Your child wandering off or even worse getting kidnapped.

Parents would be able to get information such as their child’s fingerprints to police officers in a matter of minutes.

Sixteen-month-old Monroe and her 4-month old brother Lincoln are getting their pictures taken.

But these precious photos aren’t just for looks, they could potentially save their lives as well.

“We’re excited bring it to our community and be able to offer it to our customers and our community,” said Jason Freeman, the general manager of Al Serra and Honda of Grand Blanc.

The program is called Operation Kidsafe, a free and private event for families looking to build a safety plan.

It works like this, parents bring their kids in for digital fingerprinting and a photograph.

They then receive what is called a bio-document, which is detailed information on their children to be given to authorities if the child ever went missing.

“You know, it’s just the importance of keeping kids safe,” said Steve Philips.

Philips is Monroe and Lincoln’s father. He said the event impressed him from the start and highly recommends the process for other parents.

“Oh absolutely, we encourage anybody who has the time to come up and visit us,” Philips said.

For parents, this documentation not only gives them peace of mind, but also a way for local law enforcement to find their children if they go missing.

“It’s a good community event and hopefully one day will save a life in the event that something happens,” Philips said.

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