Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to Join Nation in Observance of “National Missing Children’s Day”

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that his office will join District and Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Offices and law enforcement agencies across the nation in observing “National Missing Children’s Day” tomorrow, May 25, 2012. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has launched a “Take 25” campaign.  Bryant encourages parents and guardians to “take 25” minutes of their day on May 25th to talk with their children about safety tips to prevent them from becoming victims of crime.

According to the National District Attorney’s Association, each year almost 800,000 children are reported missing to law enforcement, and some are never found.  President Ronald Reagan declared May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day in 1983, serving as a time to make child safety a priority and renew efforts to locate those who remain missing. 

Parents should discuss with their children safety tips at home, on the internet, at school, and in public places.  “Children are among the most vulnerable victims of crime, yet they are our nation’s most valuable asset,” Bryant said.  “Educating and protecting our children against crime should be a national priority.  Tomorrow, my office joins prosecutors’ offices across the nation in commemorating this important day.”

 

For safety tips and free resources, visit www.take25.org.  From May 25th to June 7th, Beach residents can tune in to “Access Virginia Beach” on the VBTV network for a public service announcement regarding internet safety for children.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.

 

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