Nlets Rep Spotlight - Dan Redifer
We are delighted to be starting a new series where we share the work that Nlets representatives are doing.
To kick us off, we are starting with Dan Redifer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). He has been an Nlets Associate Representative for five years.
We asked him a few questions about his experiences with Nlets:
Q: What has been your most impactful experience with Nlets to date?
A: I’ve loved the interaction with other agencies. Brainstorming, networking, and working through some of the issues that are common for all agencies has been incredibly rewarding.
Q: Can you give me an example of how you’ve used Nlets to achieve success?
A: One time we made a breakthrough on an old cold case where we got a hit on some information through the Commissioner of Revenue office. Generally, our analysts use the NCIC to pull data, but the Commissioner of Revenue doesn’t make their queries through there. They do make queries through Nlets, though, and I was able to help our case analysis division with a RAND search, and we were able to use the information that came through Nlets to solve the case.
Q: What would you tell someone who’s unfamiliar with what Nlets does?
A: Nlets is a wonderful tool for law enforcement. Without Nlets, we would have a very difficult time performing our job. At the Center, we primarily use Nlets to communicate with law enforcement. For example, when someone registers a missing child in NCIC, it automatically sends a message to us. If it’s a critical case, we will then send a message through Nlets to the law enforcement agency who originally registered the missing child to make them familiar with our team and the resources we offer to help them solve it. Additionally, NCMEC uses an Nlets service that reviews text within Nlets administrative messages. When key words regarding endangered missing children or sex offenders are found within the messages an email is sent to NCMEC for follow-up.