Bay PD enhances response rate to child abductions

Thursday, June 6, 2002

When a child is reported missing, time is one of law enforcement's greatest enemies. Every hour a child is missing, the likelihood of a safe recovery decreases. In order to ensure a high level of preparedness for child abduction cases, the Bay Police Department announces the implementation of LOCATER, the Lost Child Alert Technology Resource.

There are many challenges facing law enforcement personnel in missing cases. One of the greatest is collecting and disseminating the child's descriptive information quickly. With that in mind, LOCATER was created to provide the computer hardware and software needed to rapidly distribute critical missing child data on a local, statewide or nationwide basis.

"We are pleased to be working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to implement LOCATER," said Bay Police Chief Kenneth Walker. "Congressional funds allow NCMEC to provide the LOCATER system free of charge to law enforcement agencies and with the help of U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, the Bay Police Department has obtained a LOCATER."

The LOCATER system which is comprised of a Dell Pentium IV Computer, HP DeskJet 940 C printer, high-resolution scanner and customized software, not only is used to locate missing children but it also includes templates for more than 100 different types of posters such as missing adults, wanted persons and crime alerts.

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