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FDLE To Host Missing Children’s Day

TALLAHASSEE, FLA—The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board will host the 11th annual Florida Missing Children’s Day in Tallahassee on Monday, Sept. 14.

The formal ceremony will take place on the courtyard between the Old Capitol and new Capitol at 10 a.m.

There are 326 Florida missing children listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The Florida Department of Children and Families lists 284 children missing in the “care” of the State.


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Who Needs Pictures is the title of the debut album by American country music singer-songwriter Brad Paisley. Ironically, he is a spokesperson for AmberView, a program available in West Virginia in conjunction with the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation (WVHTF) designed to assist in finding missing children. A digital picture is taken at the same time as the traditional school picture and stored with biographical information in a database. It can theoritically later be used with the National Amber Alert system should the child go missing.

AmberView Discontinued

AmberView, the West Virginia-developed program that assisted law enforcement by quickly issuing a digital picture of a missing or abducted child, will not be returning to state schools this fall.

AmberView did not receive funding from the National Institute of Justice to continue the program, according to the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation, which administered AmberView statewide and nationally.

“We are disappointed by the NIJ decision to no longer fund the AmberView program,” said WVHTC Foundation President and CEO James Estep.

In the 2008-09 academic year, nearly 90 percent of students in West Virginia’s 700 public and private schools participated in AmberView. More than 91,000 children were enrolled in the program.

AmberView website

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The Miami Herald recently ran the  story Fort Lauderdale nonprofit for missing children nets $5M.  One of the comments on the article asks why  “A Child Is Missing” hasn’t released financial information pointing out that they are a 501 (c) 3 charity. In actuallity, the organization has yet to receive the funds but is one step closer. Should you visit their revamped website, you may too wonder why there are no links to any financial statements.

According to their site, A Child Is Missing (ACIM) is a national non-profit 501(c)3 that helps law enforcement throughout the United States locate missing children, the elderly (Alzheimer’s/dementia), the disabled, and college students missing on campus through a high-speed telephone alert system. They are described as a non-profit but when you click on the link, it redirects you to the Association of Missing & Exploited Childrens Organizations AMECO where you will find this note at the bottom of the page.

NOTE: This project is supported by Grant No. 2008-MC-CX-K014 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The bill, the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center Act (H.R. 1933) requires the Attorney General to make a grant to the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center. The bill specifies the following uses of funds:

  • To operate and expand the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center to provide services to federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies to promote the quick recovery of a missing child in response to a request from such agencies for assistance by utilizing rapid alert telephone calls, text messaging, and satellite mapping technology;

  • To maintain and expand technologies and techniques to ensure the highest level of performance of such services;

  • To establish and maintain regional centers to provide both centralized and on-site training and to distribute information to federal, State, and local law enforcement agency officials about how to best utilize the services provided by the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center;

  • To share appropriate information with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the AMBER Alert Coordinator, the Silver Alert Coordinator, and appropriate federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; and

  • To assist the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the AMBER Alert Coordinator, the Silver Alert Coordinator, and appropriate Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies with education programs.
    The bill authorizes $5 million for each fiscal year from Fiscal Year 2010 through Fiscal Year 2015.
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    Hurricane season is officially here, do you have an emergency plan for hurricanes or other natural disasters?  The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, runs from June 1-Nov. 30.

    In the NCMEC spring 2006 quarterly newsletter “The Front Line”. The page 4 article, “Safety Tips for Families in Hurricane Preparation”, provided some informative and practical ideas for any natural disaster preparation plans which are still relevant today.

    “…Just as people secure their homes and belongings before a storm hits, NCMEC urges parents and guardians to take steps to protect their children and to keep their families together. To prepare for hurricane season and other natural disasters,
    NCMEC recommends that:

    1. families take storm warnings and evacuation orders seriously;

    2. parents/guardians know where their children are;

    3. families stay together;

    4. families take photos with them if they are evacuated;

    5. parents/guardians give children identification to
    carry with them (name, date of birth, address, phone numbers); for children who are not able to speak for themselves, parents/guardians should consider writing children’s names, birthdates, parents’ names, home address, and telephone/cell number somewhere on the child’s body in indelible or permanent marker, which can be removed with rubbing alcohol after the emergency;

    6. families take digital photos and email them to extended family members;

    7. parents/guardians make photocopies of important documents and mail them to a friend or relative in a safe location; and

    8. families create plans for what to do if they become
    separated during an evacuation…”

    For further information, please call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST or log onto our website at: http://www.missingkids.com.

    Consider the value of having the information available to you wherever you are and whenever it is needed.

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    Have you ever questioned when a child goes missing and fingerprints are found at the scene, why they weren’t processed to identify their owner? If you visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Facebook page and have viewed the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) From Fingerprints to a New Era of Biometrics video it appears to be a streamlined process if the prints are on file.

    In the past, the number of fingerprints on file was staggering and it took on average 45 days to return a fingerprint ID  request to a law enforcement agency. However, due to the digital age, it now according to the video takes less than 12 minutes. 

    If similar advancements can be made with DNA requests there may be hope in fining missing children sooner. Several states would like to establish:

    • Criteria for police to determine whether an adult is a ‘‘high risk missing person”
    • Require police to provide family with contact information for missing-persons organizations
    • Collect DNA evidence for anyone missing more than 30 days

    Were you aware the FBI has Twitter and YouTube pages too?

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    Many people would have you believe digital billboards have no redeeming qualities even though they can be an effective tool for law enforcement. Some have gone as far as to describe them as platforms for in your face advertisements you can’t turn off ; a distraction to motorists.

    Clear Channel Outdoor and FBI Partnership Has Led to the Arrest of Thirteen Fugitives Parties Agree to Extend One-Year Agreement


    PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCO), today announced that it has renewed its agreement with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to display “wanted” messages on all of its digital billboards across the country. Since the agreement was formed one year ago, the initiative has led to the successful apprehension of thirteen criminals as a direct result of information displayed on Clear Channel Outdoor’s digital billboard networks in Akron, Albuquerque, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Northern New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Tampa Bay.

    On Friday March 20th, 2009 Clear Channel Outdoor was awarded one of the first nationally recognized Director’s Community Leadership Awards at the FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. for their development and ongoing support of the FBI’s wanted messaging program on their digital outdoor networks.

    Were you aware the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages? 

    However, in California as in many states there is a raging debate over digital billboards. While they may be a way to increase revenues through advertising, they are often viewed as eyesores regardless of any perceived benefits.


    Caltrans Director Will Kempton asked U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters to waive federal laws all but banning commercial advertising on highway rights-of way to allow partnerships with private businesses “as a way of leveraging increasingly scarce transportation funding.”

    Converting the state’s 692 message boards to “state-of-the-art technology” displaying commercial advertising, as Kempton wrote in his letter, would be the most profitable of the proposals — but it’s already becoming the most controversial. Some digital billboards are despised by many drivers.

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has joined highway beautification advocates in assailing the plan as an attack on hard-won laws that have restricted commercial advertisements along highways, as well as a dangerous distraction for drivers.


    In Sunday’s abduction of Briant Rodriguez  the Border Patrol was notified of the abduction and an Amber Alert was sent out about 1 a.m. Monday. Electronic freeway signs were not displaying information because there was no vehicle description. But what if digital billboards or AMBER Alert signs had been available to display his picture and description digitally? Even without a vehicle description, could it have made a difference in efforts to find him?



    On Sunday 05/03/09 at approx. 2:30pm, 2 armed suspects entered a home in the 8000 block of Pedley Rd. Suspects tied up Hispanic female adult and her 5 kids. Suspects ransack residence taking money. Both suspects fled the residence taking the 3yr old male child and telling the female not to call the Police. Suspects fled in unknown vehicle. Suspect #1-. Light skinned Hispanic Male Adult. 18yrs old. Skinny, 5 -8 . Wearing black ball cap. Blue jeans. Green T-shirt. Suspect #2-Light skinned Hispanic Male Adult. 24yrs old. Skinny, 5 -10 . Wearing Black shirt, Black pants, Black boots, and white bandana.

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    The NCMEC repeatedly has quoted the statistic that there are approximately 115 stranger abductions annually in the U.S. These are the most serious, long-term non-family abduction often referred to as “stereotypical kidnappings.

    In this article from the Mercury News, they provided these statistic for California concerning stranger abductions. If the NCMEC statistics are accurate, does California account for approximately 30% of all stranger abductions nationwide?  At one time there may have been a reported child last year, but there are no missing children listed at the NCMEC in California between January 1st 2008 and December 31st 2008 under the Case Type: Non-Family Abduction.  Were they all found or are their disappearance categorized within other Case Types?

    Missing Children Reports in California, 2008
    Parental/Family Abduction: 1,363
    Stranger Abduction: 35
    Suspicious Circumstances: 417 (may indicate stranger abduction)
    Lost: 274
    Catastrophe: 20
    Unknown circumstances: 3,975

    Male: 50,543
    Female: 63,614

    Source: California Department of Justice

    Missing Child Report PDF

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