Law Enforcement, MapObjects, and the Recovery of Missing Children
Track: Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Author(s): Geraldine Kochan
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) assists law enforcement agencies in locating missing and abducted children by distributing the child's photograph. Former and/or current addresses of the abductor are gathered from searching the public record databases. Using MapObjects, an interactive mapping program has been created that allows NCMEC staff the added capability to assess leads based on chronological and geographical proximity to reported addresses of a suspect and/or a missing child. This ability to view leads, both by location and by time, will add a new dimension to how analysts determine the value of information reported to the Center.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3175