Operation Safe Child in Cayuga Co.

Sheriff Rob Outhouse is pleased to announce that the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office now has the Operation Safe Child ID System. This program is coordinated and made available through the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services. The system uses inkless digital fingerprinting and digital photography that is linked through a computer program producing an ID card for the parents and guardians to retain. The entire process takes about two minutes. The service is available at the Sheriff’s Office and at events throughout Cayuga County. The card contains:The child’s nameBiographical information: (date of birth, gender, height, weight, hair color, eye color, etc.)Fingerprint image of both index fingersThe goal of this program is to record and store the fingerprints, basic biographical data and photographs of children who are not missing. The information on the Safe Child ID card is critical in expediting the return of a missing child.The program is completely voluntary. The storage of information in the separate and secure DCJS database is an option that a parent or guardian may choose. In the event that a child is reported missing the personnel at DCJS can relay the important information without delay to initiate an amber alert.“Operation Safe Child is a welcome addition to the many public safety programs at the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office. We will make this very worthwhile Id system available as often as possible to protect Cayuga County’s greatest resource…our children.”

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