Operation SAFE CHILD




The Operation SAFE CHILD Card program is a free service administered by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Inc. with the technological support of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).


Using the latest digital fingerprinting technology and high resolution photography, 64 county sheriffs and other agencies around New York State produce SAFE CHILD cards for parents and guardians at public events throughout the year.



What is the purpose of the program?


The main purpose of the program is to capture identifying information about your child on a SAFE CHILD card. The same information is stored in a statewide database. The storage of this information is entirely voluntary and requires the written consent of a parent or legal guardian.


In addition to quickly providing important details to police agencies investigating child disappearances, the SAFE CHILD card can be used in conjunction with the NYS AMBER Alert and Missing Child Alert programs. If a child goes missing, the SAFE CHILD program allows their information to be electronically disseminated within minutes, significantly increasing the possibility of bringing a missing child home.



Where is the information stored?


The information is stored in a database at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). When DCJS receives a missing child report, the fingerprints of that child are compared against all incoming fingerprints submitted to DCJS. A parent or lawful guardian can request that the information be purged from the database at any time. When a child turns 18, the fingerprints are automatically purged from the database.



How do I sign up?


For more information about how you can obtain an Operation SAFE CHILD card for your child or to host an event in your community, please contact Mark Anderson at 518-434-9091 (manderson@nysheriffs.org) or the local participating Operation SAFE CHILD agency in your area. Click here to see the list of participating agencies.


New York State Sheriffs' Association 27 Elk Street Albany, NY 12207 518 434-9091