Date: September 3, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

PCSO Enhances Response Rate to Child Abductions

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office announces its recent acquisition of the LOCATER (Lost Child Alert Technology Resource) system from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to enhance its abilities to find missing children.

The NCMEC, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is the national resource center and clearinghouse on missing and exploited child cases.  U.S. Congressional funds given to NCMEC allow them to provide the LOCATER system free of charge to law enforcement agencies, such as the PCSO, that investigate missing child cases. 

LOCATER is a program that hastens the recovery of missing and abducted children through the use of technology that rapidly disseminates images and information.  Using LOCATER, the Sheriff’s Office can now create, distribute, and electronically transmit missing-person posters and information to other agencies, the media, and the public via manual distribution, the Internet or broadcast fax.  Use of the LOCATER, comprised of a Dell Pentium IV computer, HP DeskJet 940C printer, high-resolution scanner, and customized software, is not limited to missing children cases.  It also includes templates for hundreds of different types of posters, such as missing adults, wanted persons, and crime alerts, and is compatible with the “Amber Plan”.

“When a child is missing, time is our greatest enemy—every hour a child is missing, the chances of finding that child decrease.  With the use of the LOCATER System, the Sheriff’s Office can work quicker and smarter to increase the likelihood of a safe recovery.  Thanks to this grant-funded technology, we are better able to make Polk County a safe place to live,”  said Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.

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