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Enter Your Loved One's Case Into These Essential Missing-Person Databases

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Families with missing loved ones should ensure their cases are entered in the following state, provincial, national, and international databases, as appropriate.

 

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KEEPING THEM HONEST: To make sure your case has in fact been entered into the appropriate databases, ask for copies of reports documenting such entries..

 


 

 
  The Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN)
   
The Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) is Michigan's statewide computerized information system, which was established on July 1, 1967, as a service to criminal justice agencies.

Administered by the Michigan Department of State Police (MSP), the goal of LEIN is to assist the Michigan criminal justice community in the performance of its duties by providing and maintaining a computerized filing system of accurate and timely documented criminal justice information readily available to all criminal justice agencies.

 


 

 
  The Michigan Missing Child Information Clearinghouse (MMCIC)
   
The Michigan Missing Child Information Clearinghouse (MMCIC) operates as an information and referral resource to the public, local law enforcement, and other state clearinghouses. It provides information and guidance, where possible, to these entities.

Administered by the Michigan Department of State Police, the clearinghouse oversees and ensures that law enforcement agencies follow the law as it relates to the immediate entry of missing children (under the age of 18) into Michigan's Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.

It ensures that parents have followed all the proper procedures for reporting a missing child to their local police department and getting the child entered into LEIN/NCIC. Reports of runaway, parentally abducted or otherwise missing or exploited children are made directly to local law enforcement agencies.

 


 

 
  The Transaction Information for the Management of Enforcement (TIME) system
   
The Transaction Information for the Manage-ment of Enforcement (TIME) system is the Wisconsin law enforcement message switch and network that provides criminal justice employees with information on wants and warrants, driver license and vehicle registration information, criminal histories, protection order and injunction files, sex offender and corrections information, stolen property, missing persons, and more.

The TIME system is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Justice's (WDOJ's) Crime Information Bureau (CIB).

 


 

 
  The Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults (CMECA)
   
The Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults (CMECA) actively assists Wisconsin law enforcement agencies, victims' families, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and other missing children organizations in cases involving missing children, human trafficking victims, and children who are victims of enticement via the Internet.

Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), CMECA actively assists law enforcement officers, victims, and victims' families in search, recovery and reunification in cases involving abducted, missing, and/or exploited children and adults.

CMECA provides technical investigative assistance, referrals, and advocacy in navigating the criminal justice system — along with other resources, services, and information — to families of children and adults who are missing and considered endangered in the state of Wisconsin, nationwide and internationally.

 


 

 
  The National Crime Information Center (NCIC)
   
The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) has been called the lifeline of law enforcement in the United States.

It's an electronic clearinghouse of crime data that can be tapped into by virtually every criminal justice agency nationwide, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Administered by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), NCIC assists criminal justice professionals apprehend fugitives, locate missing persons, recover stolen property, and identify terrorists.

NCIC also assists law enforcement officers in performing their duties more safely, and provides information necessary to protect the public.

 


 

 
  The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
   
The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a nationwide information clearing-house offering free, secure, easy-to-use, online technology to help expedite case associations and resolutions involving missing persons and unidentified human remains in the United States.

NamUs is administered by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

NamUs and its cutting-edge DNA technology is so critical to solving missing-persons cases in the United States that it is covered in-depth here.

 


 

 
  The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
   
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is the nation's clearinghouse and comprehensive reporting center designed to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization in the United States.

As a private non-profit corporation, NCMEC works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement, and the public to assist with the prevention of child abductions, recovery of missing children, and provision of services to deter and combat child sexual exploitation.

 


 

 
  Ontario's Missing Adults (OMA)
   
Ontario's Missing Adults (OMA) works to increase an awareness of cases involving long-term missing and unidentified adults in Ontario, Canada as well as to provide information to victims' families.

As a non-governmental organization, OMA's activities focus on building awareness, providing information and resources, liaison work between families and law enforcement agencies, and advocating on behalf missing persons and their families.

 


 

 
  The National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains (NCMPUR )
   
The National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains (NCMPUR) assists law enforcement agencies, medical examiners, and chief coroners In Canada with missing persons and unidentified remains investigations across the country.

Administered by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), NCMPUR features profiles of missing persons and unidentified remains that have been published at the request law enforcement investigators, coroners, or medical examiners.

 


 

 
  The National Missing Persons DNA Program (NMPDP)
   
The National Missing Persons DNA Program (NMPDP) assists Canadian law enforcement agencies with the investigation of missing persons and unidentified remains.

Administered by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), NMPDP coordinates it work with the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains (NCMPUR) and the National DNA Data Bank (NDDB) to identify missing persons using DNA.

 


 

 
  The Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC)
   
The Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) is a centralized, national computer database run by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for the Canada's police agencies.

 

 
  The Doe Network (DN)
   
The Doe Network (DN) is an international center for missing persons and unidentified victims.

As a volunteer organization, it is devoted to assisting law enforcement in solving cold cases involving unexplained disappearances and unidentified victims in North America, Australia, and Europe.

 


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