Are Police Agencies Required to Submit Missing Child Information to Public Databases?


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Police agencies are not required to submit missing child information, or any missing persons case, to public databases. However, these agencies are mandated by state law to submit missing persons information to state and federal-run databases, as stated by the State of California Department of Justice.

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All police agencies have a directive to immediately file a report and enter relevant information into a Missing Persons System, such as the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUS. It is a database managed by the U.S. government and is one of programs implemented by the Department of Justice. NamUS is a free online resource that can be accessed by anyone, including medical investigators, law enforcers, coroners, victim's relatives and the general public who have pertinent information regarding missing persons cases.

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