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Legal Resources | Penal Code |  PC  14210, 14210.000  

Telephone Hotline for Missing Persons   

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(a) The Department of Justice shall operate a statewide, toll-free telephone hotline 24 hours per day, seven days per week to receive information regarding missing children and at-risk adults and relay this information to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

(b) The Department of Justice shall select up to six persons per month from the missing persons publicly accessible computer Internet directory maintained pursuant to Section 14207 and shall produce posters with photographs and information regarding these persons, including the hotline telephone number and reward information. The department shall make these posters available to parties as prescribed and as the department deems appropriate.

(c) The Department of Justice shall provide appropriate local reporting agencies with a list of persons still listed as missing who are under 21 years of age, and with an appropriate waiver form in order to assist the reporting agency in obtaining a photograph of each of the missing children.

(d) Local reporting agencies shall attempt to obtain the most recent photograph available for persons still listed as missing and forward those photographs to the Department of Justice.

(e) The department shall include these photographs, as they become available, in the quarterly bulletins pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 14204.

(f) State and local elected officials, agencies, departments, boards, and commissions may enclose in their mailings information regarding missing children or at-risk adults obtainable from the Department of Justice or any organization that is recognized as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under state or federal law and that has an ongoing missing children program. Elected officials, agency secretaries, and directors of departments, boards, and commissions are urged to develop policies to enclose missing children or at-risk adults information in mailings if it will not increase postage costs and is otherwise deemed appropriate.

(Amended and Renumbered by Stats. 2014, Ch. 437, Sec. 24.)