INTERPOL Washington Participates in AMBER Alert Symposium
INTERPOL Washington-U.S. National Central Bureau-recently participated in the “National Symposium for AMBER Alert Coordinators and Clearinghouse Managers Symposium” hosted by AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program, at the National Criminal Justice Training Center at Fox Valley Technical College. Held June 27-29, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the symposium served as an opportunity for those involved with the AMBER Alert program across the United States and overseas to participate in practical training and develop relationships with each other.
Supervisory INTERPOL Washington Analyst Michelle Ford-Stepney participated in a panel on cross-border child abductions, focusing her remarks on International Parental Abductions. Even though INTERPOL Washington does not participate directly in the AMBER Alert system, the agency does partner with law enforcement to seek the return of missing children to their homes of origin. INTERPOL Washington also works with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to provide law enforcement officials urgent and timely leads and information to prevent child sexual exploitation and abuse.
INTERPOL’s I-24/7 secure messaging system is the tool used to quickly and effectively make available the information and leads to investigative law enforcement entities around the world. Foreign Universal Resource Locators (URL) Internet leads received by INTERPOL Washington are provided to NCMEC. Images and other forms of media containing actual evidence are provided to U.S. law enforcement agencies for potential action. Today, more than 6.6 million reports have been made available through INTERPOL’s I-24/7.
The training was presented by the leadership of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program in partnership with the NCMEC. The objective was to learn current AMBER Alert strategies from partners nationwide by identifying AMBER Alert successes, lessons learned, and current training and technical assistance resources and needs.
A component of the U.S. Department of Justice, INTERPOL Washington is co-managed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As the designated representative to INTERPOL on behalf of the Attorney General, INTERPOL Washington serves as the national point of contact for all INTERPOL matters, coordinating international investigative efforts among member countries and the more than 18,000 local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement agencies in the United States.