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NCJ Number: 158149 Find in a Library
Title: Interpol: Its Role in International Parental Kidnappings
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:62  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1995)  Pages:69-73
Author(s): J R Prietsch
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The United States National Central Bureau (USNCB) is the agency that handles requests from law enforcement or judicial authorities for Interpol assistance in parental kidnappings that cross international borders.
Abstract: Parental kidnapping is both a civil issue and a criminal offense. In cases within the United Sates, the abductor parent is usually charged under State law and entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer as a wanted person. The child is often entered into NCIC as a missing person. Law enforcement or judicial officials who believe that the abductor parent and child have fled the United States must notify the USNCB to coordinate the dissemination of information to the international community. The USNCB cannot accept requests for assistance from victims, their representatives, or their attorneys. USNCB searches databases for records to aid the investigation and transmits case information to the relevant countries via an X4000 radio message. If no clues exist regarding the intended destination of the abductor and child, the USNCB can send a diffusion message to any one of nine regions in the world. Local laws and policies decide what receiving countries' National Central Bureaus can and will do in each case. When the USNCB receives a request from a foreign Bureau, it opens the case in a manner similar to that for a domestic case. As investigative leads corroborate the child's whereabouts the USNCB serves as the link between United States and foreign criminal justice officials to coordinate a favorable outcome to the investigation.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child Abduction; International Criminal Police Organization; International Law Enforcement Cooperation
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