Bullying is done against people who have less power than the bully, such as a person who may not be very popular or someone who is smaller, younger, or shorter. A person who is bullied may not appear confident and may not speak up for themselves, or gets upset easily. He/she may not have many friends. Sometimes bullies pick on someone who is smarter than they are or different in some way. And sometimes bullies pick on someone for no good reason at all.

Bullies want power and control! Bullying is intentional and mean!

Take away their power and take control!


Cyberbullying is when kids bully, embarrass, threaten, or harass others over and over again to hurt someone, to get even, out of jealousy, or to entertain themselves or their friends using:

  • Internet
  • Cell Phones/ Text messages
  • Web Postings
  • Chat Rooms
  • Blogs/Online Journals

Cyberbullies use the Internet to say things they normally wouldn’t in person; spread cruel rumors, make threats, humiliate, and otherwise destroy another person’s life. This can include sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images; posting sensitive, private information about another person; or pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad.

Remember anything on the Internet can be spread instantly, is impossible to stop and is out there forever!

For more information or to have a Deputy speak to your group or school about Bullying or Cyberbullying call 518-266-1907

The Operation SAFE CHILD Card program

The Operation SAFE CHILD Card program is a free service administered by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Inc. with the technological support of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

Using the latest digital fingerprinting technology and high resolution photography Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office produce SAFE CHILD cards for parents and guardians at public events throughout the year.

What is the purpose of the program?

The main purpose of the program is to capture identifying information about your child on a SAFE CHILD card. The same information is stored in a statewide database. The storage of this information is entirely voluntary and requires the written consent of a parent or legal guardian.

In addition to quickly providing important details to police agencies investigating child disappearances, the SAFE CHILD card can be used in conjunction with the NYS AMBER Alert and Missing Child Alert programs. If a child goes missing, the SAFE CHILD program allows their information to be electronically disseminated within minutes, significantly increasing the possibility of bringing a missing child home.

Where is the information stored?

The information is stored in a database at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). When DCJS receives a missing child report, the fingerprints of that child are compared against all incoming fingerprints submitted to DCJS. A parent or lawful guardian can request that the information be purged from the database at any time. When a child turns 18, the fingerprints are automatically purged from the database.