Operation Safe Child

The Rochester Police Department (RPD) continues to raise awareness about childhood safety.  Beginning September 30, 2017, Deputy Chief of Community Engagement Wayne Harris will initiate an effort to expand Operation Safe Child - a partnership among various New York State Law Enforcement Agencies and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse - working together to provide Operation Safe Child ID Cards to families across the State.

Know your Child's Information by Obtaining a SAFE CHILD Card 

National statistics show that 34 percent of parents are unaware of their child's exact height, weight and eye color.  When a child is reported missing, time is one of the greatest adversaries.  Possessing current photographs and detailed information about your child are important proactive measures that can greatly assist local law enforcement officials in quickly responding to cases involving childhood disappearances. Using equipment with the latest digital fingerprinting and high resolution photography technology, the RPD is able to produce SAFE CHILD Cards for parents and guardians.

Safe Child Cards contain the child's name, biographical information (date of birth, gender, height, weight, hair color, eye color, etc.) and digital fingerprint imaging of both index fingers. These cards are quickly produced and can be easily carried in a wallet or purse. Interested parents can also choose to store their child's fingerprints, biographical information and photographs - information critical in expediting the return of missing children - in a state-wide database. Storage of this information is entirely voluntary and requires the written consent of a parent or legal guardian. Specific information is digitally recorded and stored in a database maintained by the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in Albany. In the event DCJS receives a missing children's report, fingerprints of the child are included in a special search file and compared against all incoming fingerprints submitted to the agency.

In addition to providing important details to police agencies investigating the disappearances of children, the New York State SAFE CHILD Card serves as an important tool when used in conjunction with the New York State AMBER Alert and Missing Child Alert programs.  These cards enable essential missing child information to be electronically disseminated, statewide if necessary, within minutes and dramatically increases the possibility of bringing missing children home unharmed.

If you have any questions about this program, or to schedule an event, please contact your Neighborhood Service Center.

Click here to view the authorization form.  To expedite the process, print the form, complete it and bring it along with your child to a scheduled event.