Responder Credentials

All CCAR members must have, or register for an ARES Connect account, prior to submitting a request for County Credentials.

Chester County ARES/RACES members are eligible to receive credentials from the Chester County
Department of Emergency Services. The badge is required for unattended access to DES facilities,
including the Emergency Operations Center at the Government Services Center in West Chester,
and the CCAR Operations Room.

Any CCAR member that may work in the County EOC MUST be properly credentialed, and should wear
their assigned photo ID badges while in any County facility.
Note: Members without County credentials are still
permitted to work in the CCAR Operations Center (RM 026), but should be accompanied by a CCAR member with

Credentialing requires that you have your fingerprints taken, a background check performed,
completion of an on-line CJIS Training course, and anything else that might be requested by CCDES.

If you decide that you no longer want to be an active member of CCAR, you must return any
issued badge immediately to either the current CCAR EC, or directly to DES.

The process for badging is as follows:

  1. Complete Finger Print Release form (attachment "Finger Print Release Form")
    NOTE: You must be logged into this website in order to access to the forms.
  2. Save a copy for yourself to take with you when you go to have your fingerprints taken.
  3. Submit your completed form to:

  4. Valerie Peck
    Chester County Department of Emergency Services, suite 012
    Government Services Center
    601 Westtown Rd
    West Chester, PA 19380

  5. Call Deputy Jackson in the Sheriff's Office at 610-344-6525 to make arrangements to get your fingerprints taken. He will forward your print card to Koren Weer. Note: Even if you already have fingerprints on file for other reasons, CCDES still does require you to have them taken again.
  6. Get your fingerprints taken
  7. Call Valerie Peck 610-344-5075 to make an appointment to have your photo taken.
  8. CCDES will contact you regarding the CJIS "Security Awareness Training", which is taken on-line.
  9. After your background check and fingerprints are done, your picture is taken, and your CJIS training is complete,
    a County badge will be issued.

Information last updated: July 2019