|All parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles or caregivers – MARK YOUR CALENDARS. On Saturday, May 19 the Office of the Madison County Sheriff will be issuing Operation SAFE CHILD ID cards at the Madison County Public Safety Building’s main lobby, located on the Madison County Complex, North Court Street in Wampsville. The hours of the event are 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Also available will be several informational items geared toward child safety and other safety concerns for the upcoming warm weather months, available at no charge.
The Operation SAFE CHILD Card program is a free public service administered by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Inc. with the technological support of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley explains that using equipment that contains the latest digital fingerprinting technology and high resolution photography capabilities, 64 County Sheriffs and other agencies are able to produce a SAFE CHILD card for parents and guardians throughout New York State.
The cards contain a child’s name, biographical information (including date of birth, gender, height, weight, hair color, eye color, and other identifying data), and a fingerprint image of both index fingers. The card can be made in less than two minutes and can be easily carried in a wallet or pocketbook. The goal of this program is to record and store the fingerprints, basic biographical information and photographs of children who are not missing – information critical to expediting the return of a missing child. The storage of information is entirely voluntary and requires the written consent of a parent or legal guardian.
The information gathered is digitally recorded and stored at a separate database at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). In the event DCJS receives a missing child report, the fingerprints of that child will be included in a special search file and compared against all incoming fingerprints submitted to DCJS. Once included in the database, parents or lawful guardians can request that information be purged at any time and, after a child turns 18, the fingerprints will be purged from the database.
In addition to being able to quickly provide important details to police agencies investigating child disappearances, the SAFE CHILD card will serve as an important tool when used in conjunction with the NYS AMBER Alert and Missing Child Alert programs. These identification cards will allow essential missing child information to be electronically disseminated, statewide if necessary; within minutes and dramatically increase the possibility of bringing a missing child home.
For more information about how you can obtain an Operation SAFE CHILD card for your child, please contact Jackie Anderson, Community Services Aide for the Office of the Madison County Sheriff at 315-366-2318, or by email (email@example.com).
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