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§ 143B‑499.1. Dissemination of missing persons data by law‑enforcement agencies.

A law‑enforcementagency, upon receipt of a missing person report by a parent, spouse, guardian,legal custodian, or person responsible for the supervision of the missing individualshall immediately make arrangements for the entry of data about the missingperson or missing child into the national missing persons file in accordancewith criteria set forth by the FBI/NCIC, immediately inform all of its on‑dutylaw‑enforcement officers of the missing person report, initiate astatewide broadcast to all appropriate law‑enforcement agencies to be onthe lookout for the individual, and transmit a copy of the report to theCenter. No law enforcement agency shall establish or maintain any policy whichrequires the observance of any waiting period before accepting a missing personreport.

If the report involves amissing child and the report meets the criteria established in G.S. 143B‑499.7(b),as soon as practicable after receipt of the report, the law enforcement agencyshall notify the Center and the National Center for Missing and ExploitedChildren of the relevant data about the missing child. (1985 (Reg. Sess., 1986), c.1000, s. 1; 2002‑126, s. 18.7(a); 2003‑191, s. 1; 2007‑469, s.2.)