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Michigan's Missing Child Information Clearinghouse
Michigan's Missing Child Information Clearinghouse (MMCIC) was established under HB4482, 5/20/95. The clearinghouse is housed within the Prevention Services Section of the Special Operations Division of the Michigan Department of State Police. The clearinghouse operates as an information and referral resource to the public, local law enforcement, and other state clearinghouses. It provides information and guidance, where possible, to these entities.
The clearinghouse oversees and ensures that law enforcement agencies follow the mandates of the law as it relates to the immediate entry of missing children (less than 17 years) into Michigan's Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN)/National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system. It establishes that parents have followed all the proper procedures for reporting a missing child to their local police department and getting said child entered into LEIN/NCIC. Reports of runaway, parentally abducted or otherwise missing or exploited children are made directly to local law enforcement agencies. Information on the sighting, or possible sighting, of a missing child may be made directly to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST. Click here to visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) web site.
A study conducted by the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) of 1,214 juvenile kidnappings from jurisdictions in twelve states in 1997, revealed the following information:
According to the State of Washington's Office of the Attorney General, "the murder of a child who is abducted…. is a rare event. There are estimated to be about 100 such incidents in the United States each year, less than one-half of one percent of the murders committed;" however, "74% of abducted children who are murdered are dead within 3 hours of the abduction."
In October of 2002, the United States Department of Justice released the second annual National Incident Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children. The data from this report spanned the years 1997 to 1999. When examining non-family abduction of children, key findings from the study revealed:
The Michigan State Police suggest the follow safety tips to help parents to keep their children safe:
The Michigan State Police and Michigan's Missing Children Information Clearinghouse has several programs to assist law enforcement when investigating incidents of child abduction; LOCATER, Amber Alert of Michigan, and the Eagle Eye/Child Net program.
Eagle Eye/Child Net Program - A partnership with the United States Postal Service that utilizes postal carriers in the search for missing children. Postal carriers are provided a missing child flier, and while they are on their normal delivery routes they search for the child.
Amber Alert of Michigan - The Michigan Amber Alert plan is a partnership between law enforcement and the media to help in the immediate dissemination of information to the public about an endangered missing child. Amber Alert of Michigan is supported by the Michigan Department of State Police, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Sheriff's Association, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
By working cooperatively and diligently to find Michigan's missing children, the Michigan State Police and Michigan's Missing Children Information Clearinghouse has taken a leading role in law enforcement. Armed with the technology to fight child abduction the Michigan Department of State Police is assisting families to reunite with their lost children.
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