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Operation SAFECHILD is a free service administered by the Sheriffs’ Association 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, 58 county sheriffs and other agencies around New York State produce SAFECHILD cards for parents and guardians at public events in their communities throughout the year.

The main purpose of the program is to capture identifying information about your child on a SAFECHILD ID card.

The information is also 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 SAFECHILD card can be used in conjunction with the NYS AMBER Alert and Missing Child Alert programs. If a child goes missing, the SAFECHILD program allows their information to be electronically disseminated within minutes, significantly increasing the possibility of bringing a missing child home.

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What is the purpose of the program?

For more information, please visit the NYSSA Operation SAFECHILD's webpage.

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