Texas DPS’ interdiction program making strides to protect children
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today showcased the success of its premier Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program, which helps officers identify and recover missing or exploited children. Launched in 2009, the IPC program was designed to teach troopers and officers how to recognize, intervene and remove endangered children who do not exhibit obvious signs of abuse.
“The exploitation and human trafficking of children is a profound threat to public safety, and it is essential that law enforcement entities have the necessary training to protect our children,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS has led the way in providing officers with the multifaceted education and training needed to detect and rescue endangered children. With this program and our vigilant officers, we will continue to pursue these vile predators.”
IPC offers invaluable and sophisticated training created to help law enforcement officers identify and recover missing or exploited children and arrest suspects for sexual assault of children, including possession of child pornography.
As a result of this training, DPS has made 26 criminal arrests and recovered more than 80 missing or exploited children since 2010. Throughout the years, the IPC program has been responsible for uncovering crimes affecting children and arresting the perpetrators in instances involving:
- Possession of child pornography
- Sexual assault of a child
- Human trafficking
DPS has provided the IPC training to its own officers as well as other law enforcement, including more than 2,900 officers in Texas and approximately 2,600 officers outside of Texas, nationally and internationally. A variety of other groups – including victim services and child advocacy organizations – interested in the protection of children have also attended the training.
Numerous organizations interested in the IPC program have requested and received presentations, consultations and classes from DPS regarding the training, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Annual Multi-Jurisdictional Law Enforcement Conference and the states of New York and New Jersey regarding the 2014 Super Bowl.