National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
In 1994, pursuant to the passage of the Omnibus Crime Bill (Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act), the USSS Forensic Services Division was mandated by Congress to provide forensic and technical support to assist all U.S. law enforcement agencies, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), with their investigations of missing & exploited child cases. On April 30, 2003, President George W. Bush signed the PROTECT Act of 2003, also known as the “Amber Alert Bill” which expanded the authority of the Secret Service to provide forensic and investigative assistance in support of any investigation involving missing or exploited children. Secret Service has a long-standing partnership with NCMEC and have had liaisons co-located at NCMEC HQ since 1996.
Operation Safe Kids
The Secret Service Operation Safe Kids program offers inkless mobile fingerprinting that consolidate the child’s biographical and biometric data into a single document that parents can provide to law enforcement if the child is ever reported missing. No information about the child or their family is recorded or maintained by the Secret Service, its employees, nor shared with any other entity.
The Childhood Smart Program
The Secret Service Childhood Smart Program was created in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to help educate parents and children about internet and personal safety. The child safety experts at NCMEC create educational resources for parents and K-12 students. The Secret Service delivers free prevention resources to schools and communities across the nation related to internet safety, cyberbullying, online enticement, sexting, and sextortion, child sex trafficking, as well as self-protection and abduction prevention strategies. Secret Service presenters engage audiences by using discussion, videos, and practical tips for staying safer on and offline.
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