Orlando Police Department
Public Information Office
MAYOR DYER AND CHIEF VAL DEMINGS LAUNCH
“BUDDY UP” -- CHILD SAFETY CAMPAIGN
Click here to view video of the briefing (.wmv format).
The US Department of Justice reports that an average
of 2,185 children are reported missing each day. Every year, more
and more young children in Florida are victims of abduction,
sexually battery and murder. Mayor Dyer and the Orlando Police
Department want to take a proactive approach in our community.
On May 25, in conjunction with National Missing Children’s Day,
Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando Police Department are launching a
child safety campaign titled “Buddy Up” that will run throughout the
summer. The focus of this campaign is to increase the awareness in
the community regarding the abduction of children and the dangers
children face today.
“Buddy Up” provides children with messages that will empower them to
make safe decisions. The program also encourages parents to talk
with their children about the risks of falling victim to child
- Stay Together – children should travel in groups of two or more
- Use Your Voice – children should say, “NO” when they feel
uncomfortable or scared. Children should be taught to yell or scream
when they are in danger
- Be Aware – children should be able to identify if a situation is
- Check In – children should call their parents to let them know
they are on their way home or if their plan has changed
- Map It Out – children should have a clearly defined route home
from school and should be able to identify landmarks and safe places
that they can go for help
- Know Your Info – children should know their full name, address,
home and parent’s work and cell phone numbers
In 2010, there have been 13 cases involving abduction, attempted
kidnapping, lewd & lascivious conduct, luring and other child
related suspicious incidents in the City of Orlando. The “Buddy Up”
campaign is also aimed at generating new leads in open cases. With
the launch of the campaign, OPD will also re-release six composite
sketches of suspects in the open cases. Anyone with information
about these crimes is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
Financial support for the “Buddy Up” campaign is made possible
through community partnerships and FAST (Federal Asset Sharing
Trust) funds. FAST funds are state dollars generated through
forfeiture actions and may only be used for activities that focus on
crime prevention, safe neighborhoods and drug prevention programs.
These funds cannot be used as a source of revenue to meet normal
operating needs of the law enforcement agency. No City general funds
will be used to implement this campaign.
Twenty-five years ago, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as
National Missing Children’s Day in memory of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old
boy who disappeared from a New York City street corner on that day
in 1979. Missing Children’s Day honors his memory and the memory of
those children who are still missing, celebrates their stories of
recovery and pays tribute to the exemplary efforts of agencies,
organizations and individuals engaged in protecting children.