Operation Kidsafe now has a permanent home in Langley for parents to fingerprint and photograph their children for emergencies.
Preston GM on the Langley Bypass has set aside space and its own staff's time to run the station that will create an ID package for parents.
Mark Bott, the founder of Operation Kidsafe, was on hand last week to welcome the program to its new home in Langley.
In the past, Operation Kidsafe projects have typically turned up in local malls or other locations for a single weekend, recorded details for as many children as possible, and then moved on.
Now the station at Preston's will be there for at least a year, said Bott. Parents who can't make it one weekend will still be able to drop by any time the dealership is open and have their children's details taken.
The process includes taking digital fingerprints and getting a current digital photo of the child. Everything is printed out for parents to take home - no record is kept by Kidsafe, explained Bott.
If the child ever goes missing or runs away, the parents can give the sheet to law enforcement officers.
The back of the sheet also comes with some handy information for parents to keep their children safer.
Bott said the idea is to simply give as much information as possible to the good guys if anything goes wrong.
"It's about out-networking the bad guys," Bott said.
Local firefighters from the City and Township were on hand for the unveiling, as well as Langley City Mayor Ted Schaffer and Township Councillor Grant Ward.
Ward and Schaffer both spoke approvingly of the project.
Bott has been setting up more permanent stations for Operation Kidsafe, the latest phase in a career that saw him start as a volunteer 15 years ago.
He intended to take a couple of months off his usual job to help with a missing children's charity, and wound up working with people like John Walsh of America's Most Wanted.
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