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01-09-2009, 05:47 PM #2Registered User
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Arizona Endangered Person Alert
I. PURPOSE The Endangered Person Alert is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement and local broadcasters to rapidly disseminate information about a missing and endangered person to law enforcement agencies, broadcasters and the public.
II. CRITERIA The Endangered Person Alert is initiated solely by Arizona law enforcement agencies using the following criteria:
1. Is the missing person 18 years old or older?
2. Is the person missing under unexplained, involuntary or suspicious circumstances?
3. Is the person believed to be in danger of death or serious injury because of health, a medically diagnosed mental or physical disability, environment or weather conditions, in the company of a potentially dangerous person or some other factor that may put the person in peril?
4. Is there information that could assist the public in the safe recovery of the missing person?
5. Has the incident been reported to and investigated by a law enforcement agency?
III. PROCEDURE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO INITIATE AN ENDANGERED PERSON ALERT
If all criteria exist, prepare the "Endangered Person Alert" by using the Attempt To Locate (ATL) code on the Arizona Criminal Justice Information System (ACJIS). Write "Endangered Person Alert" in the title of the entry. An Arizona Endangered Person Alert Law Enforcement Form is available to help you gather information.
Enter the information with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) using the proper message key: Missing (MNP), Endangered (EME), Involuntary (EMI).
Obtain a photograph of the missing person and/or suspect as soon as possible and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Public Information Officer (PIO) should be appointed to handle the press. Once the alert has been activated, media coverage may be overwhelming, especially for a small department. The PIO should be constantly updated to utilize the media as much as possible and receive the maximum exposure for the case.
The Endangered Person Alert does not preclude any in-house procedures, policies or practices used by each law enforcement agency.
IV. THE FOLLOWING WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE ALERT IS ACTIVATED
All Arizona law enforcement agencies are notified through the NCIC (National Crime Information Center).
Broadcasters and media are notified by e-mail and by Media Alert through the DPS Duty Office.
FAXNET1 will send photos and details to businesses and residents throughout Arizona.
V. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
DPS can contact other states if the alert needs to be sent outside of Arizona. Call DPS at (602) 223-2212. DPS is also available to provide training or training materials.
Medic Alert / Alzheimer’s Assoc. Safe Return is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. Call the emergency response line toll-free at (800-625-3780).
FAXNET1 is an Arizona non-profit organization that works with national, state and local law enforcement to fax & e-mail crime alerts to businesses and neighborhood associations. Contact FAXNET1 at: www.faxnet1.org, (602) 534-8562 (office), (602) 534-8573 (fax).
APS client identification program provides Arizona Adult Protective Services clients pendants with their case number so information can be accessed by first responders calling the APS emergency number: 877-767-2385.
VI. CANCELING THE ENDANGERED PERSON ALERT
The initiating agency must cancel the Endangered Person alert by calling DPS at 602-223-2212. The outcome of the case should also be reported.
Arizona Endangered Person Alert
ARIZONA AMBER ALERT ACTIVATION CRITERIA:
1. The Arizona AMBER Alert requires two specific criteria to be met before an activation of the Arizona AMBER Alert Plan can be made for a child abduction. Law Enforcement Agencies must have both criteria listed below before an activation can occur. The criteria are:
I. The child is 17 years of age or younger, has been abducted, is missing or has been medically diagnosed as suffering from a mental or physical disability and there is reason to believe the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
II. There is sufficient information available to disseminate to the general public, which could assist in the safe recovery of the child and/or the apprehension of a suspect.
2. The Arizona AMBER Alert is activated only when the specific requirements listed above are met.
3. The Arizona AMBER Alert is not activated for every missing/abducted child.
4. The Arizona AMBER Alert is not activated for Access or Custodial Interference Cases where there is no danger of serious bodily injury or death to the child.
5. If the incident does not meet the criteria of this plan for activation, nothing precludes the investigating agency from contacting the media for assistance in disseminating the information surrounding the incident. However, the incident should not be referred to as an AMBER Alert since it does not meet the activation criteria.
Arizona Amber Alert Website
01-09-2009, 06:25 PM #3Registered User
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Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to End the Exploitation of Children Today Act
The Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to End the Exploitation of Children Today Act of 2003, otherwise known as the PROTECT Act, gives law-enforcement authorities valuable tools to deter, detect, investigate, prosecute, and punish crimes committed against children; strengthens laws against child pornography; and addresses deficiencies in federal sentencing policies and practices. Provisions that relate specifically to missing or abducted children include an increase in the base-offense level for kidnapping; a mandatory 20-year sentence for an offender whose kidnapping victim is a nonfamily-member minor; attempt liability for international parental kidnapping; Suzanne's Law, which requires each federal, state, and local law-enforcement agency to enter information about missing children younger than the age of 21 into the FBI's NCIC database; America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert provisions calling for the national coordination of state and local AMBER Alert programs, including the appointment of a national AMBER Alert coordinator3 and the development of guidelines for the issuance and dissemination of AMBER Alerts; a Code ADAM program that requires designated authorities for public buildings to establish procedures for locating a child who is missing in the building;4 and making the statute of limitations for crimes involving the abduction of a child the life of the child.
01-10-2009, 09:46 PM #4Registered User
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Arizona HB 1372 (A.R.S. §13-306)
Establishes human trafficking and human smuggling as felonies in Arizona. Makes sex trafficking, if committed against a person who is under 15 years of age, a dangerous crime against children. Provides for restitution to victims of sex trafficking and people who were trafficked for the purposes of forced labor or services.
01-14-2009, 04:03 AM #5Registered User
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TITLE 15. EDUCATION
CHAPTER 8. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
ARTICLE 2. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
A.R.S. § 15-829 (2004)
§ 15-829. Missing child; notification of school; flagging records; definitions
A. When a child is reported missing by a parent or guardian, the law enforcement agency receiving the report shall notify as soon as is appropriate the school the child was attending, if any, or the county school superintendent if the child was being instructed at home. The notification shall include all of the following:
1. The missing child's name.
2. The missing child's date of birth.
3. The missing child's county and state of birth.
4. The missing child's social security number, if any.
5. The physical description of the missing child.
B. When a school is notified pursuant to subsection A that a child is missing, the school shall flag the records of the child. If a copy of or information regarding the records is requested the school shall immediately report the request concerning the flagged records to a local law enforcement agency.
C. The law enforcement agency receiving the report shall notify the school or county school superintendent if the missing child is recovered and the school or county school superintendent shall remove the flag on the records.
D. For purposes of this section:
1. "Flag" means to mark or identify as pertaining to a missing child, or an indication identifying an item as pertaining to a missing child.
2. "Missing child" means a person who is under the age of eighteen years, whose temporary or permanent residence is in this state or is believed to be in this state, whose location has not been determined and who has been reported as missing to a law enforcement agency.
TITLE 36. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY
CHAPTER 3. VITAL RECORDS AND PUBLIC HEALTH STATISTICS
ARTICLE 3. DEATH REGISTRATION AND BIRTH REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
A.R.S. § 36-339
§ 36-339. Missing children; notification; flagging birth certificate records; definitions
A. If a child is reported missing to a law enforcement agency in this state, that agency shall notify the state registrar in the state of the child's birth. The notification shall include the missing child's name, date of birth and county of birth.
B. If the state registrar is notified pursuant to subsection A that a child born in this state is missing, the state registrar shall flag the child's registered birth certificate. If the missing child is found, the law enforcement agency that reported the child missing shall notify the state registrar and the state registrar shall remove the flag from the child's registered birth certificate.
C. If the state registrar receives a request for a registered certificate that is flagged, the state registrar shall:
1. Make a photocopy of the photo identification of the person making the request.
2. Document the physical description of the person making the request.
3. Immediately notify a law enforcement agency in this state of the request.
D. For the purposes of this section:
1. "Flag" means to indicate on a child's registered birth certificate that the child is a missing child.
2. "Missing child" means a child whose location cannot be determined and who is reported to a law enforcement agency as abducted, lost or a runaway.
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