Texas Department of Public Safety rescues 39 children in 2013
POSTED: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 2:03pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 2:09pm
AUSTIN, TX (DPS) — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced that DPS officers, with the support of the DPS Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program, rescued 39 missing or exploited children in 2013. In addition, the IPC program has now reached an incredible milestone, recovering more than 100 missing and endangered children since 2010.
“The trafficking and sexual exploitation of children is reprehensible and threatens our most vulnerable and precious resource, and we are committed to pursuing the despicable predators who seek to do them harm and rob them of their innocence,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “With this premier training program, DPS is proud to lead the way in ensuring officers have the multifaceted education and training necessary to detect and rescue endangered children.”
Launched in 2009, the IPC program is designed to teach troopers and other law enforcement officers how to recognize indicators of endangered children who do not exhibit obvious signs of abuse. This program offers invaluable and sophisticated training created to help law enforcement officers identify and recover missing or exploited children, and arrest suspects for sexual assault of children.
As a result of this training, DPS has made more than 30 criminal arrests, initiated numerous criminal investigations, and recovered 101 missing and exploited children since the program’s inception. In 2013 alone, 39 children were recovered by DPS in Texas. Throughout the years, the IPC program has been responsible for uncovering crimes affecting children and arresting the perpetrators in instances involving:
- Possession of child pornography
- Sexual assault of a child
- Human trafficking
- Commercial sexual exploitation of children
To date, DPS has provided the IPC training to its own officers as well as other law enforcement, including more than 3,030 officers in Texas and approximately 4,080 officers outside of Texas, nationally and internationally. A variety of other groups interested in the protection of children – including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the New Jersey State Police in preparation for the Super Bowl, and a variety of child advocacy organizations – have also received this training.