For the second consecutive year, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in conjunction with the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), is again photographing and finger printing school age children across America. Locally, Phoenix FLEOA Chapter 24 will be participating in the national event at the Thomas Pappas Elementary School located at 355 N. 5th Ave, Phoenix. This pilot project will be held on Thursday May 24, 2007, starting at 8:30am.
Chapter members along with staff from the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association and the United States Marshals Service Posse will be recording the finger prints and photographs, which will be maintained on file by the school in the event of an unfortunate incident involving one of their children.
The NCMEC and FLEOA consider the protection of our children to be one of the greatest challenges law enforcement and the community faces today. Being able to quickly broadcast a photograph of a child to law enforcement entities across the State of Arizona or the United States, is a significant step in doing everything possible to locate a missing child as soon as possible.
FLEOA represents over 24,000 members in the United States and around the world.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN (NCMEC)
NCMEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. NCMEC’s Congressionally mandated CyberTipline®, a reporting mechanism for child sexual exploitation, has handled more than 441,000 leads. Since its establishment in 1984, NCMEC has assisted law enforcement with more than 127,000 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 110,000 children. For more information about NCMEC and the statistics in this release, call its toll-free, 24-hour Hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or visit www.missingkids.com.