Operation Kidsafe Offers Fingerprinting Station at G.J. Bank

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Parents in the Western Slope now have a new and free option available to help aid law enforcement in emergency situations.

Operation Kidsafe International held a ceremony on Wednesday and opened a child safety fingerprinting station that’ll be available to use at Home Loan State Bank in Grand Junction.

“We’ve safeguarded over 1 million children in 13 years and we’ve kept with our two core principals that its always free for families and its always private,” said Mark Bott, founder of Operation Kidsafe.

So how does it work? A child sits down, has their picture taken and then has their fingers digitally printed. After that, a form is handed out to the parent with no information being stored in any database.

“The big thing about privacy is that you really should only give it to your school, your doctor, that type of thing,” added Bott.

The station is meant for children one year and older, but special need adults and anyone else who wants to have it done are encouraged to take advantage of the system.

On the back of the information sheet includes safety tips to take in an emergency situation.

“I think they say two thousand kids get lost from their parents, and it may be small town Grand Junction, but it still can happen to anybody, so it’s just important to keep updated information on them,” said mother of three, Brieanna Springer.

This is the 48th station to be installed throughout the nation and will be available in Grand Junction for one year.

The finger print station will be available at Home Loan State Bank in Grand Junction during normal business hours.

The service is provided free because of donations made from the entire Home Loan State Bank organization.

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