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Training Announcement- Interdiction for the Protection of Children

2/25/2019 2:51:00 PM

DATE: April 8-9, 2019                                                     Registration Ends:  April 1, 2019 

TIME: 8:00 AM—5:00 PM          16 Hours

LOCATION: Rockford University, Sunil Puri School of Business, Bldg 33, rm #124, 5050 E State St, Rockford, IL

INSTRUCTORS: Texas Department of Public Safety Instructors  


Commander Ron Wolflick, IL. Attorney General’s Office –Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)

Lt. Darryl Aders, Statewide Terrorism Intelligence Center-STIC / Illinois State Police

Richard Echevarria, IL. Dept. Of Child Family Services

Marcy O'Brien, Executive Director, Rock Island County Children's Advocacy Center   


INTERDICTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN is designed to make patrol officers aware of the variety of resources available to assist them in establishing the status of a child who may be missing, exploited, or at risk of exploitation and what courses of action are immediately available

COURSE CONTENT: The Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) has developed a training course, Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC), to help patrol officers identify and rescue endangered or exploited children and identify those who pose a high-risk threat to a child. While patrol officers are well-trained and highly proficient in making observations of suspicious behaviors leading to arrests and successful interdictions of illicit drugs, weapons, and currency, this training expand their training and knowledge, so they can take a victim centered approach in working child victimization cases and identifying those who offend against children.

IPC is a comprehensive training course covering topics from understanding victims and offenders, legal issues and authority, working with children, the officer’s role to understanding indicators, intelligence reporting as well as identifying and working with local/state resources such as child and victim services.

The IPC program is not only a Human Trafficking class, but a Crimes Against Children Class. IPC is a program that helps patrol officers identify Technology Facilitated Crimes Against Children, Missing Children, Human Trafficking/Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, High Risk Threats Against Children and Sex Offender Compliance/Registration.  

IPC uses a multidisciplinary approach to training.

Texas DPS expenses are being funded by a grant from the U.S. Department Of Justice,

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Partial funding provided by Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and MTU#1’s request for certification of this course has been approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board


All registrations are received on the MTU#1 website.  

Go to the website to register and download the class flyer.

Find Registration instructions here


On March 4, 2018 the Washington Post Magazine published an article showcasing the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Interdiction for Protection of Children (IPC) Program and nationwide efforts to battle human trafficking and child exploitation.  The in-depth article, Patrol Officers are Trained to Spot Drunken Driving and Drug Trafficking. Why Not Child Trafficking, Too? (article), traces the origins of the IPC program and its continued growth across the nation.

This is from a March 2018 DPS press release

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Interdiction for Protection of Children (IPC) Program has become a nationwide effort to battle human trafficking and child exploitation. 

The IPC program was implemented in Texas in 2009 to teach law enforcement officers how to recognize indicators of at-risk and endangered children who don't necessarily exhibit obvious signs of abuse. As a result of receiving this specialized and targeted training, law enforcement officers can more readily identify and rescue children, and arrest suspects. The training is now standard for Texas Highway Patrol Troopers.

"Children who go missing, who are abused or at-risk of being abused don't always make an outcry for help when they encounter an officer," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "Knowing that offenders are likely to travel with their victims, this program helps protect children – our most vulnerable population – as well as capture the deplorable criminals who prey on them."

As of March 2018, since the program's inception this training has resulted in DPS rescuing 348 children and initiating 158 criminal investigations, including criminal activity involving sexual assault of a child, possession of child pornography, sex offender non-compliance and human trafficking. DPS Victim Services counselors have also provided emotional support and referrals for other resources to hundreds of rescued children and family members.

DPS partners with various law enforcement, victim services and child protective services agencies to provide IPC training.

To date, DPS has provided IPC training to its own officers as well as more than 7,819 other law enforcement and child protective service professionals in Texas, across the country, and internationally. This specialized training has also assisted other agencies in implementing similar programs within their own jurisdictions.


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