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An Evening to Honor Excellence in Law Enforcement

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Deadline for nominations is June 11.
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Learn more about the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children here.

Last year, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children honored...

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham established and implemented new initiatives to meet the needs of the district’s missing children. The initiatives include increasing the number of officers assigned to the Children and Family Services Division; expansion of the MPD missing persons webpage and social media messaging; establishing a task force to examine the services needed to stabilize the home lives of runaway youth; providing additional grant support for nonprofits addressing runaway youth and providing PSA announcements to support public education addressing missing youth in the district.

The extraordinary teamwork and fast thinking of the Bemidji Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal resulted in the rescue of a 5-year-old girl from unimaginable horror. After responding to a house fire in Bemidji, Minnesota, investigators discovered an adult murder victim inside. It was soon discovered that a child in the victim’s care was missing from the burned-out home. The investigation pointed to an associate of the victim, a registered sex offender. An extensive search led investigators to a remote property where they located the missing child in a camper where she had been held for days without food or water, her legs and torso bound in duct tape. The suspect was arrested near the property and sentenced to 52 years in prison.

The heroic actions of Officer Aaron Bulmer of the Topeka, Kansas Police Department saved a 4-year-old child with autism from drowning. While responding to another call, Officer Bulmer noticed a child alone, in a pond flailing and gasping for air. He immediately jumped in and brought the child to safety.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, El Salvador’s Policía Nacional Civil and Fiscalía General de la Republica de El Salvador worked together to resolve a complex child sexual exploitation investigation. What started with a report made to NCMEC’s CyberTipline, led to an extensive investigation and the arrest of a man who was producing and distributing child sexual abuse material and actively molesting a minor. The team persevered through many challenges, dedicating many personal hours to the investigation and building new resources and protocols for future investigations.

An 11-year-old boy known as the “Mineral City Warrior” was abducted by a homeless man and brutally assaulted. He bravely escaped his captor and made his way home. He was able to give investigators a description of his attacker, who was quickly arrested, convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

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At the 2016 Heroes' Awards in Washington, D.C. the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children honored acts of bravery by law enforcement. The videos shown here are a snapshot of some of the exceptional work.