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Seneca Co. Sheriff’s and SFPD Host Safety Programs

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and Seneca Falls Police Department will be hosting a joint Child Safety Seat Inspection and Operation Safe Child ID Program on July 10, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Seneca Falls Fire House on Bayard Street in the Village of Seneca Falls.NYS Certified Child Safety Seat Technicians will be on site to assist child care givers with the proper installation of child safety seats. A limited number of free Child Safety Seats will be available.Operation Safe Child is a public service program designed to provide parents with a digital care that contains a child’s name, biographical information (date of birth, gender, height, weight, hair color, eye color, etc.), and a fingerprint image of both index fingers. The card can be made in less than two minutes and can be easily carried in a wallet or pocketbook. Interested parents can choose to store the fingerprints, basic biographical information and photographs of children who are not missing — information critical to expediting the return of a missing child. The storage of information is entirely voluntary and requires the written consent of a parent or legal guardian. The information gathered is digitally recorded and stored in a database at the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in Albany. In the event DCJS receives a missing child report, the fingerprints of that child will be included in a special search file and compared against all incoming fingerprints submitted to the agency.In addition to being able to quickly provide important details to police agencies investigating child disappearances, the New York State SAFE CHILD Card will serve as an important tool when used in conjunction with the New York State AMBER Alert and Missing Child Alert programs. These cards will allow essential missing child information to be electronically disseminated, statewide if necessary, within minutes and dramatically increase the possibility of bringing a missing child home unharmed.

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