Operation Safe Child

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COMMUNITY POLICING WEEK:

KEEP OUR CHLDREN SAFE; PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND CHILD ABDUCTION 

Mayor Lovely A. Warren and the Rochester City Council have, at the request of Councilmember Adam McFadden,  have proclaimed the week of Sept. 30 through Oct. 7 as Community Policing Week to headline a series of events to help the community learn how to keep children safe and minimize the risk of human trafficking.

Community Policing Week will feature the following events:

Operation SAFE CHILD Registrations: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday Sept. 30 at four locations: Avenue D R-Center, 200 Avenue D; Maplewood Community Library, 1111 Dewey Ave.; Frederick Douglass R-Center, 999 South Ave.; Adams Street R-Center, 85 Adams St.Safe-Child-card 

Obtain a SAFE CHILD Identification Card and register your child or children on the New York State SAFE CHILD database. Safe Child gives law enforcement agencies critical information in the event an AMBER Alert or search for a missing child. The identification cards and database hold biographical information that parents and guardians would need quickly in a time of crisis, including an updated photo, height, weight, hair and eye color, digital finger prints.

 What to do When Kids go Missing Town Hall: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 at City Hall, Council Chambers, 30 Church St.  

Members of the Rochester Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will provide information and answer questions on how to avoid the risk of child abduction and how to immediately respond if a child disappears. Moderated  by City Councilman Adam McFadden.

 

“Not for Sale” – Film Screening and Panel Discussion: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC), 161 Chestnut St. 

Not for Sale is a documentary about modern-day abolitionists fighting the rampant terror of slavery and human trafficking in the United States and abroad. The screening will be followed by a discussion with a panel of experts from the Bivona Child Advocacy Center; the Center for Youth; and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Moderated by WDKX.
Community Policing Week partners are: The Rochester Police Department; the Bivona Child Advocacy Center; the Center for Youth; the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center; and 103.9 WDKX. 

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.