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103 Corporate Drive, Owego, New York 13827 (607) 687-1010  Google Directions Directions

Operation Safe Child
Call  687-8463


When a child is reported missing, time can be the greatest adversary. Possessing up-to-date photographs and detailed information about a child are important proactive measures that greatly assist law enforcement to quickly respond to a child's disappearance.

SAFE CHILD equipment uses digital fingerprinting technology and high resolution photography capabilities to produce SAFE CHILD cards for parents.  The cards contain a child's name, biographical information (DOB, gender, height, weight, hair color, eye color, etc.), and a fingerprint image of both index fingers. The card is made in less than two minutes and can be easily carried in a wallet or pocketbook.   Parents can also choose to have the fingerprints, basic biographical information and photographs of children stored with the (DCJS) Department of Criminal Justice Services.  The storage of information is entirely voluntary and requires the written consent of a parent or legal guardian.

In addition to being able to quickly provide important details to police agencies investigating child disappearances, the SAFE CHILD card serves as an important tool when used in conjunction with the AMBER Alert and DCJS Missing Child/College Student Alert programs. The cards and database allow essential missing child information to be electronically disseminated, statewide if necessary, within minutes and dramatically increases the possibility of bringing a missing child home unharmed.

Tioga County Sheriff personnel will be conducting Operation SAFE CHILD at a variety of events held throughout the County.  If you are involved in the planning of an event and would like to have Operation SAFE CHILD as part of the activities, please contact Correction Officers Cindy Iannone or Kristi Sifen at 687-8463.  Or, please check our events calendar on our home page for dates and locations of up-coming Operation SAFE CHILD events.