Operation SAFE CHILD
Operation SAFE CHILD was created in 2005 to promote child safety. Through a partnership with the New York State Sheriffs' Association, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, New York State Police and the New York City Police Department, the DCJS Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse expanded Operation SAFE CHILD into a multi-pronged campaign which provides parents and guardians with three tools to promote child safety:
In 2009, DCJS transferred the public outreach portion of the Operation SAFE CHILD program to the New York State Sheriffs’ Association. This includes relying solely on partner law enforcement agencies to handle all outreach events across the state. This did not change the DCJS role with respect to receiving Operation SAFE CHILD record data obtained and submitted by partner agencies. DCJS continues to be responsible for accessing and using information during AMBER and DCJS Missing Child/College Student Alerts.
Know your Neighborhood by using the New York State Sex Offender Registry
New York State's Megan's Law became effective in 1996, and has since been expanded on several occasions It requires a sex offender convicted of a designated sex offense to register with the New York State Sex Offender Registry.
There are three ways to obtain information about sex offenders in New York State:
- Call the New York State Sex Offender Information Line: 518-457-5837 or 1-800-262-3257. You need the name of the offender and one of the following four identifiers: an exact address, a complete date of birth, a driver's license number or a social security number.
- Search the online New York State Subdirectory. There, interested individuals can search for level 2 and 3 offenders by name, county or zip code.
- Contact the law enforcement agency where the offender currently resides. If the agency chooses to, it can release information on sex offenders residing in the community.