N.Y. Executive Law Section 837-F
Missing and exploited children clearinghouse


There is hereby established within the division a missing and exploited children clearinghouse to provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach to the tragic problems of missing and exploited children. In addition to the activities of the statewide central register for missing children, the commissioner shall be authorized to:

1.

Plan and implement programs to ensure the most effective use of federal, state and local resources in the investigation of missing and exploited children;

2.

Exchange information and resources with other states, and within New York state, concerning missing and exploited children;

3.

Establish a case data base which will include nonidentifying information on reported children and facts developed in the phases of a search, and analyze such data for the purposes of: assisting law enforcement in their current investigations of missing and exploited children, developing prevention programs and increasing understanding of the nature and extent of the problem; and share the data and analysis on a regular basis with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children;

4.

Disseminate a directory of resources to assist in the locating of missing children;

5.

Cooperate with public and private schools and organizations to develop education and prevention programs concerning child safety for communities, parents and children;

6.

Provide assistance in returning recovered children who are located out-of-state;

7.

By January first, nineteen hundred eighty-seven arrange for the development of a curriculum for the training of law enforcement personnel investigating cases involving missing and exploited children;

8.

Assist federal, state and local agencies in the investigation of cases involving missing and exploited children;

9.

Utilize available resources to duplicate photographs and posters of children reported as missing by police and with consent of parents, guardians or others legally responsible, disseminate this information throughout the state;

10.

Beginning on January first, nineteen hundred eighty-seven, disseminate, on a regular basis, a bulletin containing information on children in the missing children’s register to the state education department which shall then forward such bulletin to every public and private school where parents, guardians or others legally responsible for such children have given consent; 10-a.

(a)

By November first, nineteen hundred ninety-seven prescribe general guidelines to enable the state legislature and state agencies to assist in the location and recovery of missing children. The guidelines shall provide information relating to:

(i)

the form and manner in which materials and information pertaining to missing children including but not limited to biographical data and pictures, sketches or other likenesses may be included in stationery, newsletters and other written or electronic printings;

(ii)

appropriate sources from which such materials and information may be obtained;

(iii)

the procedures by which such materials and information may be obtained; and

(iv)

any other matter the clearinghouse considers appropriate.

(b)

By January first, nineteen hundred ninety-eight arrange for the transmission of biographical information and pictures, sketches or other likenesses of missing children to state agencies, departments and the legislature to use in printings.

11.

Operate a toll-free twenty-four hour hotline for the public to use to relay information concerning missing children;

12.

Submit an annual report to the governor and legislature regarding the activities of the clearinghouse including statistical information involving reported cases of missing children pursuant to § 837-M (Reporting duties of law enforcement departments with respect to missing children and vulnerable adults)section eight hundred thirty-seven-m of this article and a summary of the division’s efforts with respect to the use of monies from the missing and exploited children clearinghouse fund created pursuant to State Finance Law § 92-W (Missing and exploited children clearinghouse fund)section ninety-two-w of the state finance law; and

13.

Take such other steps as necessary to assist in education, prevention, service provision and investigation of cases involving missing and exploited children.

14.

(a) In consultation with the division of state police and other appropriate agencies, develop, and regularly update and distribute, model missing child prompt response and notification plans, which shall be available for use, in their discretion, as appropriate, by local communities and law enforcement personnel. Such plans shall involve a pro-active, coordinated response, planned in advance, that may be promptly triggered by law enforcement personnel upon confirmation by a police officer, peace officer or police agency of a report of a missing child, as defined in subdivision one of § 837-E (Statewide central register for missing children)section eight hundred thirty-seven-e of this article.

(b)

Such plans shall, at a minimum, provide that:

(i)

the name of such missing child, a description of the child and other pertinent information may be promptly dispatched over the police communication system, pursuant to subdivision three of § 221 (System of criminal justice information)section two hundred twenty-one of this chapter;

(ii)

such information may be immediately provided orally, electronically or by facsimile transmission to one or more radio stations and other broadcast media outlets serving the community including, but not limited to, those which have voluntarily agreed, in advance, to promptly notify other such radio stations and other broadcast media outlets in like manner;

(iii)

such information may be immediately provided by electronic mail message to one or more internet service providers and commercial mobile service providers serving the community including, but not limited to, those which have voluntarily agreed, in advance, to promptly notify other such internet service providers in like manner;

(iv)

participating radio stations and other participating broadcast media outlets serving the community may voluntarily agree to promptly broadcast a missing child alert providing pertinent details concerning the child’s disappearance, breaking into regular programming where appropriate;

(v)

participating internet service providers and commercial mobile service providers serving the community may voluntarily agree to promptly provide by electronic mail message a missing child alert providing pertinent details concerning the child’s disappearance;

(vi)

police agencies not connected with the basic police communication system in use in such jurisdiction may transmit such information to the nearest or most convenient electronic entry point, from which point it may be promptly dispatched, in conformity with the orders, rules or regulations governing the system; and

(vii)

no dispatch or transmission of a report concerning a missing child shall be required by such plan if the investigating police department advises, in its discretion, that the release of such information may jeopardize the investigation or the safety of the child, or requests forbearance for any reason.

(c)

The commissioner shall also designate a unit within the division that shall assist law enforcement agencies and representatives of radio stations, broadcast media outlets, internet service providers and commercial mobile service providers in the design, implementation and improvement of missing child prompt response and notification plans. Such unit shall make ongoing outreach efforts to local government entities and local law enforcement agencies to assist such entities and agencies in the implementation and operation of such plans with the goal of implementing and operating such plans in every jurisdiction in New York state.

(d)

The commissioner shall also maintain and make available to appropriate state and local law enforcement agencies up-to-date information concerning technological advances that may assist in facilitating the recovery of missing children. Such information shall include, but not be limited to, technology using computer assisted imaging to “age enhance” photographs of missing children, and technology that may be used to enter such photographs and other pertinent information concerning missing children into a database accessible to appropriate officials and persons.

Source: Section 837-F — Missing and exploited children clearinghouse, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/EXC/837-F (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

835
Definitions
836
Division of criminal justice services
837
Functions, powers and duties of division
837‑A
Additional functions, powers and duties of the division
837‑B
Duties of courts and peace officers
837‑C
Processing requests submitted by police departments
837‑D
Soft body ballistic armor vests for police officers
837‑E
Statewide central register for missing children
837‑F
Missing and exploited children clearinghouse
837‑F‑1
Missing vulnerable adults clearinghouse
837‑F‑2
Missing adults
837‑G
Livery vehicle safety training program establishment
837‑H
Livery vehicle safety training program
837‑I
Uniform parking ticket
837‑J
Parking violations enforcement and disposition program
837‑K
Safe house for children
837‑L
Capital prosecution extraordinary assistance program
837‑M
Reporting duties of law enforcement departments with respect to missing children and vulnerable adults
837‑M*2
Criminal history records search for certain employment, appointments, licenses or permits in the city of New York
837‑N
Criminal history information of caregivers
837‑O
Search for arson and sex offense conviction records of volunteer firefighter applicants
837‑P
Criminal history records search for certain licenses and registrations in the county of Westchester
837‑Q
Payments to Westchester county for policing special parkways
837‑R
Office of sex offender management
837‑S
Search for sex offense conviction records of emergency medical technician and other first responder applicants
837‑T
Use of force reporting
837‑U
The division of criminal justice services, in conjunction with the chief administrator of the courts, shall collect data and report annua...
837‑V
Report of discharge of weapon
837‑V*2
Reporting duties of law enforcement departments with respect to arrest-related deaths
837‑W
Technological viability of microstamping-enabled firearms
837‑W*2
Blue alert system
837‑X
Cooperation with certain out-of-state investigations
837‑X*2
Cooperation with certain out-of-state investigations
838
Identification of unknown dead and missing persons
838‑A
Maintenance of sexual offense evidence kits
838‑B
Victim’s right to notice
839
Municipal police training council
840
Functions, powers and duties of council
841
Functions, powers and duties of the commissioner with respect to the council
841‑A
Security guard advisory council
841‑B
Functions, powers and duties of council
841‑C
Functions, powers and duties of the commissioner with respect to the council
841‑D
Saving clause
842
Council rules and regulations promulgated by governor
843
Division homepage on the internet
844‑B
New York state committee for the coordination of police services to elderly persons
845
Central state registry of police officers and peace officers
845‑A
Presentment of flags lowered to half-staff in memorial of the death of any police officer or peace officer
845‑B
Requests for criminal history information
845‑C
Criminal history record searches
845‑D
Criminal record searches: reports for civil purposes
845‑E
Commercial security tax credit program
846
Programs for the aging
846*2
Programs for the aging

Accessed:
Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

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