Police will receive LOCATER technology

Police will receive LOCATER technology The Vermillion Police Department has been notified of its selection by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to receive a LOCATER system.

LOCATER (Lost Child Alert Technology Resource) is a cutting-edge software program that enables law enforcement agencies to rapidly distribute critical images and information about missing child cases.

According to a study by the Washington State Attorney General's Office, in 74 percent of missing child homicides, the child is murdered within the first three hours of the abduction.

With this in mind, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children launched LOCATER, a program to create and disseminate posters of missing children locally, statewide, or nationwide.

Using LOCATER, agencies can quickly create their own missing-person posters. Once created, high quality copies can be printed for distribution at roll calls, at incident command posts, and to the community.

Posters can also be electronically transmitted to other agencies, the media and the public via the Internet.

Through a Congressional mandate and U.S. Department of Justice grant, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children provides all computer hardware, software and support services at no charge to all law enforcement agencies whose responsibilities include missing and abducted child investigations. Included is the latest state-of-the-art business computer, high quality printer/scanner, advanced poster creation software, computer desk and technical support.

"Although missing and abducted child cases are rare in Vermillion, this technology along with the Amber Alert system, will significantly enhance our ability to quickly locate a child when the need arises," said Vermillion Police Chief Art Mabry.

The order for the Vermillion Police Department, which exceeds a value of $2,000, will be placed in approximately 90 days.

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