MEPIC Advisory Board
2015 Florida Missing Children's Day Nominations

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse (MEPIC) is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Florida Missing Children's Day (FMCD). This annual event will take place this year on Monday, September 14, 2015 at the Capitol Courtyard in Tallahassee, Florida. It features a formal ceremony in remembrance of Florida's missing and an awards ceremony in which we recognize citizens, law enforcement officers, and K9 trailing teams for their exemplary efforts when investigating missing persons. Governor Rick Scott will address victim families, children, non-profit missing person groups, law enforcement officers, and legislators who will be in attendance. The second component will be a child safety presentation for fifth grade students. During the ceremony, law enforcement officers, child heroes and others are recognized for taking action to rescue missing children or prevent abductions.

Please take a moment to consider individuals, who have gone above and beyond, for these prestigious awards. To view and print each nomination form, please click on the links below:

Citizen of the Year
Combatting Human Trafficking Award
Local Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
State / Federal Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Jimmy Ryce K9 Trailing Team of the Year
Law Enforcement Task Force of the Year
School Bus Operator of the Year
Young Hero Award

The nominations must be returned by the deadline, which is Monday, June 1, 2015.

To submit FMCD nomination forms, please email the completed nomination forms as an attachment to You may also fax the forms to (850) 410-8744 or mail the hard copies to the following address:

Attention: Florida Missing Children's Day Coordinator
P. O. Box 1489
Tallahassee, FL 32308-1489.

The FMCD winners will be selected by the FDLE Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board. The awards will be presented at the formal ceremony on September 14, 2015, at the Capitol in Tallahassee. For further information, please contact the Florida Missing Children's Coordinator at (850) 410-8585 or send an email to:
MEPIC Advisory Board

The FDLE Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board (MEPICAB) was created in 1996 to address issues dealing with Florida's missing children. The MEPICAB is a diverse mix of law enforcement officials, victim parents, government agencies, missing children non-profit organizations and members of the business community with interest in missing children issues.

The mission of the Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board is to support awareness, education, and training for the prevention, response, and recovery of missing and endangered persons.

The Advisory Board meets quarterly to discuss and implement plans and policies to combat and create an awareness of the large number of children that go missing every year. Board members are chosen by FDLE's Commissioner from around the state, to provide balanced representation of the state of Florida.

The Advisory Board has sub-committees that work on various missing child projects, such as Missing Children Highway Billboards and Florida Missing Children's Day.

Florida Statute 683.23

Florida Missing Children's Day
Florida Missing Children's Day Foundation

2013 FMCD John Walsh Message (Video)

Florida Missing Children's Annual Report 2015

A Time of Remembrance, Recognition, and Hope.

As proclaimed by Resolution of the Florida Legislature, the "first ever" Florida Missing Children's Day was held on Monday, September 13, 1999. Each year parents, children, law enforcement officers and citizens convene on the steps of the Old Capitol Building in Tallahassee to remember Florida's missing children who are still missing and those who will never come home again. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and FDLE Commissioner are invited as speakers.

The objective of this day is to raise awareness of Florida's currently missing children, to educate the public on child safety and abduction prevention, and to recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the missing children issue.

There are two main components of this Day: 1) a formal ceremony in remembrance of Florida's past and present missing children and in recognition of those citizens and law enforcement officers who have gone above and beyond in missing children investigations; and 2) a child identification/safety fair in which children will be fingerprinted, photographed and provided with child safety materials for both themselves and their parents.

The second Monday in September of each year has been designated as "Florida Missing Children's Day" by the Florida Legislature. For exact dates and other questions, please contact the Florida Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse at 1-888-356-4774.

View the Florida Missing Children's Day video at
2014 Florida Missing Children's Day Video