In July of 2014, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (ADPS) hosted the first Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) class in Phoenix, Arizona. Since that first class, ADPS has brought the training to over 625 law enforcement officers, Department of Child Safety (DCS) employees, probation officers, prosecutors and child advocates. In all, more than 46 local, state, federal and tribal entities have benefited from the IPC training.
Due largely to the investigatory skills and knowledge gained from these classes, troopers have rescued 36 children who were runaways, missing, abducted, exploited or at risk of being victimized since 2014.
In 2015, troopers participated in multi-state Crimes Against Children operations and Human Trafficking Truck-Stop operations. These programs have had a strong start in Arizona however more efforts in collaboration, public awareness, and training are underway in order to increase the number of child rescues.
In 2015, Arizona State Troopers rescued 28 children during traffic contacts which represents a 300 percent increase of rescues over 2014. The following are the results of those traffic contacts:
• 18 children that were reported runaway or missing
• Four children who had been abducted
• Four possible human trafficking victims that were identified
• Four arrests were made related to a child abuse/endangerment charge
• 12 high risk threats to children were identified
In 2015, ADPS partnered with Streetlight USA, Childhelp, Department of Child Safety and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to make this program a success.
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Arizona DPS officers and detectives attend interdiction training to increase their awareness of child exploitation trends