New York Governor George E. Pataki joined "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh last month to launch an advertising campaign for New York State's 100 Most Wanted Program, which targets the 100 most dangerous fugitives in the state. The campaign was launched while the governor and Walsh toured the Operation SAFE CHILD ID Site at the Southwest Community Center in Syracuse.
Created to bring the most dangerous fugitives in New York State to justice, Project SAF-T (Statewide Anti-Fugitive Teams) and the 100 Most Wanted Program were designed to coordinate the resources of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies currently working to locate and apprehend dangerous felons. Thanks to the assistance of the New York State Broadcasters Association, public service announcements featuring 100 Most Wanted fugitives will begin to be aired in markets throughout New York State beginning next week.
"Government's greatest responsibility is to keep its citizens safe," Governor Pataki said. "And for more than six months, the 100 Most Wanted Program has been empowering New Yorkers to be proactive in keeping dangerous criminals off the street. Thanks to the eyes and ears of New Yorkers and hard working law enforcement officials, we have been returning these dangerous fugitives back where they belong -- behind bars."
"Since the launch of the 100 Most Wanted program in New York State," said Walsh, "we have apprehended 42 of these dangerous criminals. I encourage everyone to visit the 100 Most Wanted web site and ask that anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of these fugitives call the tips line. Every one of us can help to make a difference in bringing justice to these dangerous felons."
Senator Dale Volker said, "As the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Criminal and Civil Codes for the past 19 years, I have never seen more proactive and innovative criminal justice programs that have been proven to protect the innocent and punish the law-breaker. Governor Pataki, working with the State Legislature, has made New York State one of the safest in the nation, with all major categories of crime at historical lows. This new law enforcement program will complement existing law enforcement initiatives, programs and policies, and I continue to appreciate the governor's commitment to tackling criminal behavior at every level."
Senator Nozzolio said, "Thanks to programs implemented by Governor Pataki, crime continues to decline in New York State. Project SAF-T and the 100 Most Wanted Fugitives Program continues the governor's efforts and I am proud to be his partner in giving law enforcement the tools to keep dangerous criminals off of New York's streets."
Senator David J. Valesky said, "There is nothing more important than the safety of our children. As a senator and parent I want to thank Gov. Pataki and John Walsh for their hard work bringing Operation SAFE CHILD to New York."
Assemblywoman Joan K. Christensen said, "Project SAF-T is designed to bring dangerous felons to justice through the collaboration of state, and local law enforcement as well as residents within New York State. I believe that we all deserve a safe community especially safe for our children."
New York State Director of Criminal Justice Chauncey G. Parker said, "This program was created by Governor Pataki to help create a coordinated strategy to apprehend the most dangerous fugitives through enhanced teamwork among existing federal, state and local fugitive apprehension efforts. The focal point of the strategy is a web site and tips line, which has already been successful in drawing the attention of local law enforcement and the general public to these 100 fugitives, who combined have committed more than 600 crimes."
Richard Novik, senior vice president/station client services of The New York State Broadcasters Association said, "The New York State Broadcasters Association is proud to play a role in this important initiative to make New York