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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Susan A. WhiteHorse of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) recently received special recognition from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for her work informing the public about crime and crime prevention. Ms. WhiteHorse was selected by the FBI to receive the Director's Community Leadership Award. WhiteHorse serves as the Manager of the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults.
Since 1990, the FBI has publicly recognized the achievements of individuals and organizations at the local, state, or national level, devoted to inform the public about crime and crime prevention with the distinction of the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award program.
Ms. WhiteHorse was nominated by FBI Victim Specialist Monica Rowsey. "Ms. Rowsey brought to our attention, the wonderful achievements of Ms. WhiteHorse at the state level overseeing the Amber Alert system, Missing and Exploited Children, and her very active role in crime prevention through youth education on Indian Reservations," said FBI Public Affairs Specialist Leonard Peace.
"I am very proud that the vitally important work Susan WhiteHorse is doing in Wisconsin is being recognized by the FBI," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "Susan's dedication to missing and exploited children is an inspiration to all of us working in law enforcement to bring missing children home and make Wisconsin a safer place for our citizens. Susan's dedication to the people of Wisconsin exemplifies the commitment to excellence that we look for throughout the Department of Justice."
The Wisconsin Amber Alert program is a collaborative partnership between law enforcement agencies and broadcasters to alert the general public when a child is abducted. In this cooperative plan, radio and television stations interrupt programming with an emergency tone and highway message boards are activated, alerting the public to the abduction. Citizens with information that may lead to the safe recovery of the abducted child are instructed to contact law enforcement. For more information about the Wisconsin Amber Alert Program, please access its web page at http://amberalertwisconsin.org/default.asp
The Wisconsin Amber Alert Program is coordinated by the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults, which is housed in the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The Wisconsin Clearinghouse works in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and forms part of a nationwide network that works to reunite missing and abducted children and adults with their families. For more information on the Wisconsin Clearinghouse you can access their web page at http://www.missingpersons.doj.wi.gov/
Susan will be recognized at a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on March 20, 2009 with FBI Director Robert Mueller, III.