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March 19, 2018 Media and Communications Office
In Case You
DPS IPC Program
Receives National Recognition
– On March 4, the Washington Post Magazine published an article showcasing the
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Interdiction for Protection of Children
(IPC) Program and nationwide efforts to battle human trafficking and child
exploitation. The in-depth article, Patrol
Officers are Trained to Spot Drunken Driving and Drug Trafficking. Why Not
Child Trafficking, Too?, traces the origins of the IPC program and its continued
growth across the nation.
IPC program was implemented in Texas in 2009 to teach law enforcement officers
how to recognize indicators of at-risk and endangered children who
don’t necessarily exhibit obvious signs of abuse. As a result of receiving this
specialized and targeted training, law enforcement officers can more readily
identify and rescue children, and arrest suspects. The training is now standard
for Texas Highway Patrol Troopers.
who go missing, who are abused or at-risk of being abused don’t always make an
outcry for help when they encounter an officer,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.
“Knowing that offenders are likely to travel with their victims, this program
helps protect children – our most vulnerable population – as well as capture
the deplorable criminals who prey on them.”
the program’s inception, this training has resulted in DPS rescuing 348
children and initiating 158 criminal investigations,
including criminal activity involving sexual assault of a child, possession of
child pornography, sex offender non-compliance and human trafficking. DPS
Victim Services counselors have also provided emotional support and referrals
for other resources to hundreds of rescued children and family members.
DPS partners with various law
enforcement, victim services and child protective services agencies to provide
IPC training. To date, DPS has provided IPC training to its own officers as
well as more than 7,819 other law enforcement and child protective service
professionals in Texas, across the country,
and internationally. This specialized training has also assisted other agencies
in implementing similar programs within their own jurisdictions.
are grateful that the IPC program continues to receive support from our state
leaders as well as many partner agencies,” said Director McCraw. “The demand
for this program demonstrates its value and potential, and our hope is that one
day this type of training will be standard for law enforcement everywhere.”