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The Lyndhurst Police Department Enhances its Response Rate to Child Abductions

Lyndhurst, New Jersey - January 2003 - When a child is reported missing, time is one of law enforcement's greatest enemies. Every hour a child is missing the likelihood of a safe recovery decreases. In order to ensure a high level of preparedness for child abduction cases, the Lyndhurst Police Department has announced the implementation of LOCATER TM, the Lost Child Alert Technology Resource.

There are many challenges facing law enforcement personnel in missing child cases. One of the greatest is collecting and dissemination the child's descriptive information quickly. With that goal in mind, LOCATER was created to provide the computer hardware and software needed to rapidly distribute critical missing child data on a local, statewide or national basis.

The Lyndhurst Police Department obtained and is pleased to be working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to implement LOCATER. United States Congressional funds allow NCMEC to provide the LOCATER system free-of-charge to law enforcement agencies that investigate missing child cases. NCMEC has found that when pictures of missing children or abductors are made available to the public, one in six children are recovered as a direct result.

Use of the LOCATER system is not limited to missing children cases. It includes templates for more than 100 different types of posters such as missing adults, wanted persons, and crime alerts.

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