On Saturday, March 15, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office is holding an “Operation Safe Child” fingerprinting event at the Sheriff’s Office Training Center, 1400 State Route 9, Lake George NY. It runs from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Statistics show that 34% of parents do not know their child's exact height, weight and eye color. And, when a child is reported missing, time can be the greatest adversary, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office. 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 and guardians.

The cards contain 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 is 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 DCJS. In the event DCJS receives a missing child report, the fingerprints of that child are included in a special search file and compared against all incoming fingerprints submitted to the agency.