Statewide Automated Biometric Identification System (SABIS)

Carmen Walling, Western Region SABIS Site Manager 
(716) 858-6761

The Statewide Automated Biometric Identification System (SABIS) is comprised of 19 regional, 1 Federal and 3 satellite examination sites that are located in New York State. The main sites are located in Albany at the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and NY State Police Headquarters. The Western New York region encompassing several law enforcement agencies throughout the Counties of Erie and Niagara, is served by the Erie County Central Police Services SABIS site, headquartered at the CPS' main office located in the Erie County’s Public Safety Campus at 45 Elm Street - Room 209, Buffalo, New York 14203.

The New York State Criminal History Record (CHRI) Database located in Albany is the primary system for fingerprint and palm print identification. 

Use of the Criminal History Record Database is not limited to suspects in custody, licensing or law enforcement applicants. Good quality fingerprint images taken from crime scenes can be traced through SABIS and could result in identifying a suspect who may be responsible for committing a crime under investigation. With fingerprints determined to be a unique individual identifier, the matching of prints taken from a suspect or from the scene of a crime, is a reliable tool used in crime-solving techniques by all Criminal Justice Investigators.

DJCS also provides access to the FBI's IAFIS System through the Remote Fingerprint Editing Software (RFES). This allows for a latent search of the FBI database of all 50 states (over 48 million individuals) after a search of the SABIS database has proven negative. The Western Site became the "pilot" site in November 2000 and prints can now be search from this region.

Fingerprint searches are processed by police investigators and/or the SABIS Site support personnel. The Central Police Services SABIS site is managed by a New York State SABIS Certified Latent Examiner (CSLE). A yearly proficiency test is required by DCJS for one to maintain this certification.

Graduating SABIS Case Statistics 2019 2020 2021
Total Cases Entered 216 220 215
Total Prints Entered (can be several per case) 461 502 444
Total Hits (Positive Identifications) 77 87 99

Total cases by crime 2021:

Burglary 67
Grand Larceny Auto 57
Robbery 25
Homicide 17
Dead ID 12
Grand Larceny 8
Larceny 5
Petit Larceny 4
Criminal Mischief 3
Weapons Possession 3
Live ID 2
Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 2
Criminal Impersonation 2
Suspicious Incident 2
Assault 2
Arson 1
Harrassment 1

Total cases by agency 2021:

City of Buffalo 52
Town of Amherst 44
Town of Tonawanda 28
Town of Cheektowaga 27
City of Niagara Falls 13
Niagara County Sheriff's Office 13
Erie County Sheriff's Office 8
Town of Hamburg 6
City of Lockport 6
Town of West Seneca 5
Town of Lancaster 3
Town of Orchard Park 3
U S Immigration and Customs Enforcement 2
Village of Depew 1
City of Tonawanda 1
Niagara Regional Police - Canada 1
Town of Lewiston 1
City of Jamestown 1