IACP Takes On Child Sex Trafficking

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in partnership with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), U.S. Department of Justice, hosted a joint meeting of IACP’s Child Sex Trafficking Advisory Working Group with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Fusion Center Stakeholders on Monday and Tuesday, July 22 and 23, 2013 in Washington D.C.

Approximately 45 representatives from over 30 local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies representing 14 states and the District of Columbia participated.

Topics discussed encompassed gaps and needs in the field, the role of Fusion Centers, planning for the Super Bowl and other major events, and national tools and resources for front line police officers to better recognize and respond to child victims of sex trafficking.

IACP Executive Director, Bart R. Johnson highlighted the need to better inform law enforcement of the indicators and warnings of child sex trafficking and called for a better understanding of the issue at the law enforcement leadership level.

During the one and a half day event, IACP gained recommendations from advisors and stakeholders which will assist in the development of national tools and resources to improve how law enforcement recognize and respond to child victims of sex trafficking.  One such tool, which will be created in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is a series of roll call video trainings targeted to patrol officers.

One clear recommendation from participants called for the creation of one central portal of information on training and tools for law enforcement related to child sex trafficking.  IACP has already started creating and populating this resource – search our Youth Focused Policing Resource Library for resources on Child Sex Trafficking here and keep an eye out as this resource library grows.

Participating agencies at the event included Georgia Bureau of Investigation, New Jersey State Police, Louisiana State Police, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Mount Hope (KS) Police Department, California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, Texas Department of Public Safety, Mohegan Tribe Police Department, Miami-Dade School Police Department, Fairfax County Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Utah Statewide Information & Analysis Center, San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center, Joint Regional Intelligence Center, Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Austin Police Department, Catholic University of America and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Federal participants from the Department of Justice included Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crimes Against Children Section, the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and representatives from the COPS Office, Office of Victims of Crime, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau.

From the Department of Homeland Security, participants included leaders from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center as well as the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Interested in information and resources for law enforcement on child sex trafficking? Check out IACP’s Child Sex Trafficking page to find out more about our project and future tools and deliverables.

For more information contact, Kelly Burke, Program Manager, at burkek@theiacp.org or at 803-836-6767, ext. 842.

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