News Release

May 24, 2013

DPS Spotlights National, State Child Protection Efforts

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging residents to participate in “Take 25,” a national campaign focusing on child safety. This National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) public awareness program urges parents, guardians, educators and other caretakers to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety and ways to prevent abduction.

“Take 25” was created in commemoration of Missing Children's Day observed each year on May 25. For more information on NCMEC and the program, visit www.take25.org.

DPS is committed to protecting Texas children and supports that goal by:

Texas records from the DPS Missing Persons Clearinghouse show more than 4,400 active cases of missing children, up to 17 years of age. Many missing children are recovered safely.

As a result of IPC training, DPS has made 26 criminal arrests and recovered 78 missing or exploited children since 2010. Since the program's inception, DPS has provided the IPC training to approximately 5,300 officers in Texas, nationally and internationally.

First recognized in 1983, National Missing Children's Day is an annual reminder that there are thousands of children who are still missing. May 25 is the anniversary of the day in 1979 when 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared on his way to school in New York.

Visit the DPS Missing Persons Clearinghouse at: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/IntelligenceCounterterrorism/mpch.htm.

Search the Texas Sex Offender Registry at: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffender/.

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