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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is the National Clearinghouse for the location and recovery of missing children in the United States. As a private, nonprofit organization established by Congress in 1984, NCMEC works cooperatively with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and is a powerful, no-cost resource for law-enforcement and prosecutors. NCMEC's challenge is to assist local law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) in rapidly disseminating information about some of their most difficult cases--those involving missing and abducted children.

The Lost Child Alert Technology Resource (LOCATER) software is a template-driven application that enables individual law-enforcement agencies to instantly create many different types of posters for immediate distribution. Posters can display one to eight images with detailed information about each poster.

This project endeavors to improve law enforcement's ability to recover missing children by providing the tools and technology necessary to rapidly disseminate images and information among law-enforcement agencies. In addition, NCMEC makes its entire database of active missing- and abducted-child cases and images available to law-enforcement agencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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