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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‚Äôs 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 2020 2021 2022
Total Cases Entered 220 215 216
Total Prints Entered (can be several per case) 502 444 486
Total Hits (Positive Identifications) 87 99 89

Total cases by crime 2022:

Burglary 77
Grand Larceny Auto 70
Dead ID 22
Grand Larceny 15
Homicide 7
Larceny 7
Robbery 6
Assault 4
Petit Larceny 2
Drugs 2
Sex Offense 1
Check Fraud 1
Threat 1
Suicide 1

Total cases by agency 2022:

Town of Amherst 43
City of Buffalo 35
Niagara County Sheriff's Office 30
Town of Cheektowaga 19
Town of Hamburg 17
Town of Tonawanda 17
Town of Wes Seneca 16
Erie County Sheriff's Office 10
Town of Orchard Park 8
City of Lockport 8
City of Niagara Falls 7
Village of Kenmore 2
Village of Depew 1
Village of East Aurora 1
Niagara Regional Police - Canada 1
Ontario Regional Police - Canada 1