Texas DPS announces successful program to rescue abused children
From Texas Department of Public Safety:
The Texas Department of Safety announced the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program has trained 10,000 people within the last month.
DPS Director Steven McCraw said the IPC program provides vital law enforcement training in order to identify child predators and abused children.
"IPC has led to the rescue of countless victims across Texas and the country," McCraw said. "It's because law enforcement has the resources to detect and interdict these depraved predators."
DPS Captain Derek Prestridge is the program director for IPC and helped design the program. He said the program is applicable to any law enforcement agencies of any kind and size.
The DPS partners with law enforcement, child protective services and victim services to offer IPC training. It has become more available nationally through the Department of Justice Community Orienting Policing Service since 2014.
IPC is a two day, 16 hour training. It is known to have a solid record for leading the rescue of hundreds of children, with troopers rescuing 433 of those children alone.
Annually, DPS troopers have stopped around three million vehicles in order to see if there is an at-risk child. IPC also helps law enforcement be proactive to remove offenders off of the streets and recognize child-threats that could be overlooked.
"People make assumptions that a child victim will cry out, and that's not the case," Prestridge said. "The primary message IPC teaches is for us to stop waiting for children to tell you they are victims of trafficking, abuse and neglect. IPC trains front-line officers to take action when they come into contact with children who need their help."