Officers from the Sheriff’s Office photograph and fingerprint children and submit their relevant information to the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (Amber Alert). Parents are issued ID cards to keep for their children. The card contains critical information to aid in a child’s search should they ever go missing.
The cards contain a child’s name, biographical information (including date of birth, gender, height, weight, hair color, eye color, and other identifying data), 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. The goal of this program is to record and 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 at a separate database at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). 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 DCJS. Once included in the database, parents or lawful guardians can request that information be purged at any time and, after a child turns 18, the fingerprints will be purged from the database.