Colonel McGovern speaks at the ceremony

New Call Taking Standards Announced at 10th Annual Missing Children's Day Ceremony

On May 25, the Molly Bish Foundation hosted the 10th Annual Missing Children's Day Ceremony in the Nurses Hall at the State House. This ceremony honored the memory of missing and murdered children and demonstrated support for missing and abducted children who have been safely returned to their families. The ceremony included testimonials from parents of missing and murdered children as well as speeches from members of law enforcement and the Legislature. Awards were presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to protecting the children of the Commonwealth, and advancing issues regarding missing and abducted children.

At the ceremony, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security formally announced newly developed standards for 911 call takers when handling calls pertaining to missing and exploited children. The following agencies worked together to develop the new standards: the Massachusetts State Police Communications Section, the State 911 Department, the Boston Police 911 Department, the Commonwealth Fusion Center, the Massachusetts Missing Children Clearinghouse, the Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association, and the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association. Massachusetts is the first state to develop its own policy based on the American National Standards Institute guidelines and commit to training every call taker in the state. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), it is the most comprehensive implementation effort yet that sets the benchmark for the country.

Also during the ceremony, the Massachusetts winner of the 2010 Amber Alert Poster Contest was announced. The United States Department of Justice sponsors this annual poster contest that challenges fifth grade students to develop posters that represent America's united goal of bringing missing children home safely. This year's winner, a fifth grader from the City View School in Worcester, was presented with a plaque by Trooper Nicole Morrell, the Commonwealth's AMBER Alert Coordinator and organizer of the poster contest in Massachusetts. Additionally, remaining poster contest winners from Worcester's City View School and Midland Street School were presented with certificates for their achievements.

Additionally, state Rep. Steven J. D'Amico presented citations to two detectives from the Swansea Police Department for aiding in the safe recovery of Jaylin Boudria, after the year-old child was abducted by her estranged aunt in February, prompting AMBER Alerts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Jaylin was found safe in Middletown, Conn.

Poster contest winners from Worcester's City View School and Midland Street School with Tpr. Huchowski and Tpr. Morrell

Pablo Rosario poses with his winning entry

The State Police Color Guard presents the colors to begin the ceremony at the State House

Pablo Rosario accepts his award from Tpr. Huchowski and Tpr. Morrell