Texas DPS rescues more than 30 missing or exploited children in 2013
AUSTIN, TX (DPS) — The Texas Department of Public Safety has announced that with the support of the DPS Interdiction for the Protection of Children program they have rescued 39 missing or exploited children in 2013.
In addition, the IPC program has 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.”
The IPC program was launched in 2009 and was designed to teach troopers and other law enforcement officers how to recognize indicators of endangered children who do not exhibit the obvious signs of abuse.
This program offers invaluable and sophisticated training to help law enforcement 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 1010 missing and exploited children since the program's inception.
In 2013, 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 the following:
- Possession of child pornography
- Sexual assault of a child
- Human trafficking
- Commercial sexual exploitation of children