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County Clerk Dinolfo and Sheriff O’Flynn Announce Operation SAFE CHILD Partnership

Tue, Feb 21 2006

DMV Offices and Passport Saturdays To Host Child ID Card Program

Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo and Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn today announced a partnership to bring the Operation SAFE CHILD Program to local DMV Offices and Passport Saturdays. Operation SAFE CHILD provides photo ID cards to parents that contain fingerprint and biographical data for children under the age of 18. The ID cards play a critical role in ensuring that law enforcement has immediate access to vital information necessary to locate a missing child. The Greece DMV Office in Ridgecrest Plaza at the corner of West Ridge Road and Fetzner Road will host the program tomorrow, Wednesday, February 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The ID cards will also be offered on the last Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the County Office Buidling, 39 W. Main St., as part of the Clerk Dinolfo’s Passport Saturday initiative.

“Keeping our children safe is every parent’s top priority. As the mother of a nine-year old, I know the importance of Operation SAFE CHILD and congratulate Sheriff O’Flynn on bringing this program to Monroe County and I’m proud to make it available in our offices,” said Clerk Dinolfo.

“As our children have vacation from school this week, I encourage parents to visit the Greece DMV tomorrow or come Downtown to Passport Saturday to get their child an Operation SAFE CHILD ID card,” said Sheriff O’Flynn. “The information on the ID card is readily available and can be utilized by law enforcement if a child is missing.”

Operation SAFE CHILD is entirely voluntary. The storage of information will require the written consent of a parent or legal guardian. The information gathered will be digitally recorded and stored at a separate database at New York State Department Of Criminal Justice Services. 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.

The Monroe County Clerk’s Office handled nearly 700,000 transactions totaling over $80 million in 2005 including mortgages, legal filings, passports, pistol permits, driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations.

For further information, call: Office of the Monroe County Clerk at 753-1645 See us on the web.