Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse
MEPIC Services

MEPIC Services Provided To Law Enforcement

The Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse (MEPIC) provides analytical and investigative support in the processing of leads associated with missing children cases.

1. Provides analytical and investigative assistance to law enforcement agencies.
2. Assists law enforcement agencies in developing leads and coordinating multiple agency follow-up.
3. Provides assistance for out-of-state, Interpol and Hague Country missing children cases.
4. Conducts private and public database searches.
5. Flags birth and school records.
6. Administers AMBER, Missing Child, Purple and Silver Alerts.
7. Facilitates DNA submissions of missing children or their relatives to state and/or national databases.
8. Facilitates fingerprint submissions of missing children to AFIS.
9. Provides training to criminal justice partners, medical and social service professionals.
10. Serves as liaison to Florida's Child Abduction Response Teams.
11. Publishes and distributes emergency fliers containing names, photographs, and descriptions of missing children.
12. Serves as a liaison to other state missing children clearinghouses.
13. Serves as a liaison to the Florida Computer Crime Center when a computer is involved in missing child cases.
14. Assists with Off-line FCIC searches.

Child Abduction Response Teams (C.A.R.T.)

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement in conjunction with local law enforcement has established Child Abduction Response Teams (CART) to assist in sharing resources and in coordinating a community response to child abductions.

CART is multi-agency team approach to conducting child abduction investigations that can save precious time in the first few hours following the incident. CART consists of any local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and private sector partners. Because team organization and planning activities have occurred prior to an incident, CART can bring a tool box full of assets ready to deploy to any location, Pre-Identified Assets, Pre-Arranged Multi-Agency Commitments, Pre-Established Criteria and Protocols and Pre-Trained Resources.

CART works in conjunction with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's (FDLE) Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse (MEPIC) to utilize the Amber Alert or the Missing Child Alert when the appropriate criteria for activation are met. For additional information of the http://www.flcjn.net/CART.aspx.

Click to get "SAMPLE" Missing Children Abduction Assessment Guide in PDF format.