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Arizona DPS officers and detectives attend interdiction training to increase their awareness of child exploitation trends

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -

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Phoenix — Officers and detectives with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) and six other law enforcement agencies in Arizona recently underwent two days of specialized training to increase their awareness of current child exploitation and trafficking trends.

The training, which is called Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC), was developed though a combined partnership of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Following the training, which took place in Phoenix in late July, DPS officers, detectives and other agency personnel returned to their respective units with advanced techniques to identify missing, exploited or at-risk children, as well as techniques to identify potential suspects who may be a high risk threat to children.

At the training, officers, detectives and other agency personnel also learned methods to collect pertinent information and evidence of human trafficking, and to address the immediate safety and wellbeing of a child during a traffic stop or law enforcement contact.

Presenters at the training shared actual examples of cases involving runaways, child pornography and human trafficking that were discovered using these interdiction techniques.

Criminal organizations profiting from the trafficking of children typically exploit them through pornography and prostitution. Many cases involve runaway children.

More than 200 law enforcement officers from Arizona attended the training.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.