U.S. SECRET SERVICE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN
The public's awareness of missing and exploited children in the 1980s had a profound effect on how America responds
to this widespread problem. In an attempt to provide assistance to parents, children and the law enforcement community,
the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was created in 1984. This was the beginning of a long
term relationship between NCMEC and the law enforcement community throughout the world.
As part of the 1994 Crime Bill, Congress mandated the U.S. Secret Service to provide forensic/technical assistance
in matters involving missing and exploited children. The Secret Service offers this assistance to federal, state and
local law enforcement agencies and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. On April 30, 2003, President
George W. Bush signed the PROTECT Act of 2003, known as the "Amber Alert Bill", which gave full authorization to the U.S.
Secret Service in this area.
The Secret Service has supported the NCMEC and local law enforcement agencies with its expertise in forensic photography,
graphic arts, video production, audio/image enhancement, voice identification, computerized 3D models and video and audio
tape duplication services.
For more information on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, please visit http://www.missingkids.com/.