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Resources for Law Enforcement

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Resources for Law Enforcement


"Once it started, it was too late to plan
and there was only time to react."

                                                   -- quote from an officer regarding a local child abduction case

Resources for law enforcement agencies and law enforcement professionals are available on the Attorney General's California Law Enforcement Web (CLEW):

Please explore the following topics related to Law Enforcement's response to Child Abductions. If you are a parent and need to report a child abduction, please contact your local law enforcement department or District Attorney's Office.


  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is one of the resources available to your local law enforcement agency during the investigation of both Non-Family and Family Child Abductions.

  • In July 2002, legislation was enacted to help provide a coordinated and rapid response to child abductions in California. When a child is abducted, timely notification to law enforcement and the public is one of the most essential components of the recovery process. The following information is an overview of the California Child Safety AMBER Network and the various resources available to law enforcement agencies in the event of a child abduction incident.

  • The Missing and Unidentified Person Section (MUPS) is organizationally under the Justice Data and Investigative Services Bureau and assists law enforcement and criminal justice agencies in locating missing persons and identifying unknown live and deceased persons through the comparison of physical characteristics, fingerprints, and dental/body X–rays.