2008 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
Alan J. Robinson
In December 1997, Mr. Robinson joined Project ALERT (America’s Law Enforcement Retiree Team), a division of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). As the New Jersey representative for Project ALERT, Mr. Robinson speaks to parents, teachers, and law enforcement officials about child abduction. Mr. Robinson teaches his audience how pedophiles and child abductors think and operate and how to safeguard their children against them. Mr. Robinson delivers these presentations approximately every two weeks and has been doing so for the past 11 years. In addition to making these educational presentations, Mr. Robinson assists law enforcement agencies throughout the state on breaking cases involving missing children and assists them with unresolved, long-term investigations. The Project ALERT Manager has stated that Mr. Robinson “has singularly raised the awareness for child safety in New Jersey more than any other effort.” Mr. Robinson’s efforts have resulted in charitable donations of thousands of dollars being made in his name to Project ALERT.
In addition to the above cited contributions to the community, Mr. Robinson regularly presents a three-hour block of training for FBI Newark’s Advanced Criminal Investigations in-service training to local law enforcement officers. Mr. Robinson’s presentation is entitled “Methods and Techniques Employed by the Pedophile to Lure, Exploit, and Abduct Children.” Mr. Robinson also gives similar presentations to police recruits at the Morris County Police Academy and presides over the annual Morris County NCMEC exhibit in support of National Night Out. He has been providing these seminars to the New Jersey law enforcement community and others on a voluntary basis for over 10 years.