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press release 
Encouraging Parents To Keep Our Children Even Safer

In honor of National Missing Children’s Day, May 25th, the Gloucester Township Police
Department, the Stetser-Lamartine American Legion Post 281, and the National Center for
Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) want to share important information about what
parents can do to keep children safe.

Every year in America, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing, more than 2,000
children each day. Of that number, 200,000 are abducted by family members and 58,000 are
abducted by non- family members, for which the primary motive is sexual. Each year, 115
children are the victims of the most serious abductions; they are taken by non- family members
and either murdered, ransomed or taken with the intent to keep. An analysis of attempted
abduction cases by NCMEC found that in 84% of the cases, the child escaped would-be
abductors through their own actions. Thirty- five percent actively resisted (yelling, kicking,
pulling away, running away or attracting attention) while 49% recognized something was not
right and responded by walking or running away.

The Gloucester Township Police Department has partnered with the National Center for Missing
& Exploited Children® and is committed to protecting children and has completed the necessary
requirements to become a 911 Call Center Partner. Please visit the following site for additional

The Gloucester Township Police Department encourages parents to spend a few minutes
teaching your child about safety as this could mean the difference between life and death. That is
why NCMEC's "Take 25" national public awareness campaign urges parents to take 25 minutes
to talk to their children about safety. The Gloucester Township Police Department and Stetser-
Lamartine American Legion Post 281 are joining together in providing pamphlets and fingerprint
kits to those who wish to be active in teaching their children on how to be safe. These kits can
be obtained by visiting the Gloucester Township Police Watch Desk on Saturday May 25, 2013
from 9am to 5pm. After that, the kits can be obtained at the Gloucester Township Police
Community Relations Bureau.

The 101 Days of Summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, mark one of the busiest
and most dangerous times all year. The Gloucester Township Police Department wants to ensure
that all residents and visitors remain safe during the summer months. On June 15, 2013 from
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Veterans Park, the Gloucester Township Police Department will be
conducting their Third Bicycle Safety Rodeo. The Gloucester Township Police Department
wants to encourage children and parents to not just wear a bicycle helmet but to wear them
correctly. Gloucester Township has an avid and growing bicycle community. We want to make
the sport safe for people to enjoy, free of injury.

On May 24, 2013 the Gloucester Township Police Department had 11 Class I Special Law
Enforcement Officers graduating from the Camden County Police Academy. These graduates
will join our present Special Law Enforcement Officers who increase the safety at all parks
throughout the summer so the parks are a safe place for all our residents to enjoy. Valuable
equipment such as our Segway and low speed vehicle will be used to continue to build a strong
partnership with our community.

If you have any questions you may contact the Gloucester Township Police Community Relations Bureau, Lt. Brendan or Cpl. Sean Grannan at or by calling 856-228-4011. If you need immediate assistance you may call 856-228-4500 or 9-1-1 for an emergency.