(1) There is created a Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse within the department to serve as a central repository of information regarding missing endangered persons. Such information shall be collected and disseminated to assist in the location of missing endangered persons.
(2) The clearinghouse shall be supervised by a director who shall be employed upon the recommendation of the executive director. The executive director shall establish services deemed appropriate by the department to aid in the location of missing endangered persons.
(3) The clearinghouse shall:
(a) Establish a system of intrastate communication of information relating to missing endangered persons.
Terms Used In Florida Statutes 937.022
- Department: means the Department of Law Enforcement. See Florida Statutes 937.0201
- Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
- Missing adult: means a person 18 years of age or older whose temporary or permanent residence is in, or is believed to be in, this state, whose location has not been determined, and who has been reported as missing to a law enforcement agency. See Florida Statutes 937.0201
- Missing endangered person: means any of the following:(a) A missing child. See Florida Statutes 937.0201
- Missing endangered person report: means a report prepared on a form prescribed by the department by rule for use by the public and law enforcement agencies in reporting information to the Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse about a missing endangered person. See Florida Statutes 937.0201
- person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01(b) Provide a centralized file for the exchange of information on missing endangered persons.1. Every state, county, or municipal law enforcement agency shall submit to the clearinghouse information concerning missing endangered persons.2. Any person having knowledge may submit a missing endangered person report to the clearinghouse concerning a child or adult younger than 26 years of age whose whereabouts is unknown, regardless of the circumstances, subsequent to reporting such child or adult missing to the appropriate law enforcement agency within the county in which the child or adult became missing, and subsequent to entry by the law enforcement agency of the child or person into the Florida Crime Information Center and the National Crime Information Center databases. The missing endangered person report shall be included in the clearinghouse database.3. Only the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the case may submit a missing endangered person report to the clearinghouse involving a missing adult age 26 years or older who is suspected by a law enforcement agency of being endangered or the victim of criminal activity.4. Only the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the case may make a request to the clearinghouse for the activation of a state Silver Alert or a Purple Alert involving a missing adult if circumstances regarding the disappearance have met the criteria for activation of the Silver Alert Plan or the Purple Alert.(c) Collect, process, maintain, and disseminate information on missing endangered persons and strive to maintain or disseminate only accurate and complete information.
(4) The person responsible for notifying the clearinghouse or a law enforcement agency about a missing endangered person shall immediately notify the clearinghouse or the agency of any child or adult whose location has been determined.
(5) The law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over a case involving a missing endangered person shall, upon locating the child or adult, immediately purge information about the case from the Florida Crime Information Center or the National Crime Information Center databases and notify the clearinghouse.