AG Schimel kicks off Missing Children's Poster Contest TODAY

Feb 19 2015
AG Schimel kicks off Missing Children's Poster Contest TODAY
 
Contest Kickoff at 1 pm today in Platteville
 

MADISON — As a parent, a former DA and as the state’s “Top Cop,” Attorney General Brad Schimel will kick off Wisconsin's participation in the 2015 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest - an announcement he says he “hopes will encourage teachers and families to initiate conversations regarding the safety of their children.”

 

He will kick off the contest TODAY, February 19, 2015 at 1 p.m. with a visit to students and teachers at Platteville Middle School at 40 E. Madison Street in Platteville.

 

Schimel encourages all Wisconsin 5th graders to create posters to “Bring Our Missing Children Home” - the theme of the national competition. Media are welcome to attend the kickoff that also will include Platteville Middle School Principal Jason Julius, Platteville School District Superintendent Connie Valenza, Platteville Police Chief Doug McKinley, as well as Special Agent Ben Poller and Kari Orn, both of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation. Orn is the AMBER Alert/WI Clearinghouse Coordinator and Poller, of DCI’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit, will share tips for attendees on Internet safety.

 

Applicants must be in the fifth grade, and the phrase “Bring Our Missing Children Home” must appear somewhere on the poster. Visit the following link for more details about contest rules, key dates and other resources for educators, participants and others:  https://www.missingpersons.doj.wi.gov/events

 

The poster created by the state winner will compete nationally. The winner of the national contest will go to Washington, DC, to attend the annual National Missing Children's Day Ceremony. Last year, Kloe Soderberg, a fifth-grade student at St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Kenosha, was honored during a ceremony after winning the statewide contest.  Her poster represented Wisconsin in the national competition.

 

Wisconsin's Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children & Adults develops and coordinates the process for the statewide poster competition.  Each state's Missing Children Clearinghouse will submit the single winning state poster to the U.S. Department of Justice for final judging. The national judging will take place in April, and one national poster contest winner will be selected for the trip to Washington, DC.

 

About Wisconsin’s AMBER Alert

When an AMBER Alert is activated in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) notifies the Dane County Public Safety Communication Center, which sends the alert to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for secondary distribution. 

 

In Wisconsin, the AMBER Alert has been activated 24 times since the program began in 2003, and has led to the safe recovery of more than 30 children.  Wisconsin's Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children & Adults at the Wisconsin DOJ coordinates Wisconsin’s AMBER Alert Program, which is a collaborative effort among the Wisconsin DOJ, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, Wisconsin Public Radio, the Dane County Public Safety Communication Center, the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Wisconsin State Emergency Communications System, the Outdoor Advertising Association of Wisconsin and local law enforcement agencies. 

 

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 700 children have been rescued since the AMBER Alert program’s creation in 1996.