May 25 is Missing and Exploited Children's Day

May 25 is Missing and Exploited Children's Day
Posted on 05/24/2021
The New Hope City Council recently proclaimed May 25, 2021 National Missing and Exploited Children's Day in the city of New Hope.

On May 25, 1979, 6‐year‐old Etan Patz vanished from a New York City street while on his way to catch his school bus and two years later, 6‐year‐old Adam Walsh was kidnapped from a mall in Hollywood, Florida. These and other cases brought national awareness to the lack of coordination and communication between law enforcement agencies, in missing children cases. The Missing Children Act, signed into law in 1982, required the entry of missing children data into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center Database (NCIC).

According to the United States Department of Justice, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year. On average, every day approximately 2,000 children are reported missing to law enforcement agencies. More than 200,000 children are victims of family abductions and 58,200 missing children are victims of non‐family abductions. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), created in 1984, has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of 311,000 missing children. The problem of missing and exploited children is complex and multifaceted. It is hoped that through awareness and education that the incidences of children missing and/or exploited can be reduced.

According to Officer Brad Kallio, New Hope Police Department’s Community Relations and Crime Prevention Officer, “National Missing and Exploited Children’s Day is a concerted effort across the country to raise awareness for currently missing children and to provide the public with information and resources on child safety. It’s also an opportunity to recognize and appreciate any individual, organization or first responder who has contributed with protecting children from any form of exploitation or helped return a missing child home safely.”

The New Hope Police Department encourages adults to take the time to talk to the children in their lives about child safety. Information, including details about the Minnesota Crimes Against Children Task Force, as well as other resources can be found on the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) website. You can also visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at missingkids.org, as well justice.gov/psc for Project Safe Childhood.