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IOWAccess Project Request DPS Proposal Reports Online Project Missing Persons Information Clearinghouse (MPIC) May 11, 2005.

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1 IOWAccess Project Request DPS Proposal Reports Online Project Missing Persons Information Clearinghouse (MPIC) May 11, 2005

2 IOWAccess Project Request MPIC Reports Online Establishes Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse

3 IOWA CODE The department of public safety shall establish a statewide missing person information clearinghouse. In connection with the clearinghouse, the department shall: a. Collect, process, maintain, and disseminate information concerning missing persons in Iowa. b. Develop training programs for local law enforcement personnel concerning appropriate procedures to report missing persons to the clearinghouse and to comply with legal procedures relating to missing person cases. c. Provide specialized training to law enforcement officers, in conjunction with the law enforcement academy, to enable the officers to more efficiently handle the tracking of missing persons and unidentified bodies on the local level. d. Develop training programs to assist parents in avoiding child kidnapping. e. Cooperate with other states and the national crime information center in efforts to locate missing persons. f. Maintain a toll-free telephone line, available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to receive and disseminate information related to missing persons.

4 IOWA CODE g. Distribute monthly bulletins to all local law enforcement agencies and to media outlets which request missing person information, containing the names, photos, and descriptions of missing persons, information related to the events surrounding the disappearance of the missing persons, the law enforcement agency or person to contact if missing persons are located or if other relevant information is discovered relating to missing persons, and the names of persons reported missing whose locations have been determined and confirmed. h. Produce, update at least weekly, and distribute public service announcements to media outlets which request missing person information, containing the same or similar information as contained in the monthly bulletins. i. Encourage and seek both financial and in-kind support from private individuals and organizations in the production and distribution of clearinghouse bulletins and public service announcements under paragraphs "g" and "h". j. Maintain a registry of approved prevention and education materials and programs regarding missing and runaway children. k. Coordinate public and private programs for missing and runaway children.

5 What Citizens Want Information Timely access Accuracy Convenience

6 How MPIC Data Initiated MPIC main database is kept on the Iowa On-Line Warrants and Articles (IOWA) Criminal Justice Information System Information copied to a file File converted to Excel spreadsheet Data manipulated, copied as a text file File uploaded to web page Photos require constant rearranging, editing

7 Proposal for Improvements Minimal daily maintenance by DPS staff Automatic updating of information Printable lists with or without photos Multiple photos for each person New search capability for public Range of search options Addition of Abductor page

8 Benefits For Public New, more user-friendly website design Unique look to the website “Real-time” updating of web information New search capabilities “Personalized” search and print options Timely, accurate information

9 Benefits For DPS Staff 60 – 70% less time spent managing website Substantial reduction in likelihood of errors “Real-time” updating of web information Ease of website modification Added reporting capabilities, including dissemination of monthly reports to law enforcement via /internet Frees staff to provide:  Training to law enforcement agencies  Public awareness and community outreach  Develop training programs to assist parents in avoiding child kidnapping.  Update registry of approved prevention and education materials/programs regarding missing and runaway children  Procurement of additional funding through private sources

10 Have Given Citizens Information Timely access Accuracy Convenience


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