Piperton United Methodist Church

Our purpose is to know, love and serve Christ.

Organizational History

 Commission On Missing & Exploited Children Formed August 24th, 1984, the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children (COMEC) is a non-profit charitable organization that promotes the safety and protection of all children. COMEC was formed as a collaborative effort between the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County and the Memphis Police Department. Thousands of children and families in the community have benefited from the prevention and intervention services that COMEC provides. COMEC works to promote the safeguarding of our children from child predators, abductors, drug dealers, gangs and any person who might seek to harm or exploit them. COMEC has received letters of support from various city officials – Police Chief Larry A. Godwin, Shelby County Sheriff Mark H. Luttrell, Jr., and Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, Jr.

COMEC’s Program Activities

AMBER Alert Assistance: Parents/Guardians, Police Departments and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Executive Director Len Edwards is the AMBER Alert Coordinator for West Tennessee.

Other activities include:

  • Child Safety Program (Includes Child ID Program – Photos & Fingerprints)
  • Internet Safety Programs
  • Drug Education Counselor – 1 on staff (counseling for drugs/truancy/behavior/alcohol)
  • Community Outreach Program: health fairs, information booths, child safety presentations, drug prevention presentations, speakers
  • Teen Drug Hotline (901-572-DRUGS)
  • COMEC Teen Drug Testing Program
  • Free drug testing for parents wishing to test their teens
  • Substance screen testing done through the Baptist Minor Medical Centers
  • Free Drug Test Kits – Home testing program for parents

COMEC assists parents with search for missing children (“what to do”; creating posters; notifying others who can assist in the search, canvassing neighborhoods, checking with friends & schools, working with law enforcement)

COMEC also collaborates with the Memphis & Shelby County Juvenile Court by making presentations several times each month to children, families and various groups that participate in the Juvenile Court Tours. Since April 3, 2007, COMEC has made presentations to 472 children on the dangers of running away, drug use, truancy and juvenile crime.

COMEC also supports Governor Phil Bredesen’s METH-Free Tennessee campaign to end the creation, sale and distribution of this deadly drug in Tennessee.

Target Population: Any parent or child (up to age 18) needing our assistance and support.

Performance Results

Period: January 2007 – December 2007 (YTD)
Amber Alerts & Training Conferences 5
Child Photo Identification Cards (Six photo ID events held YTD) 3,100
Fingerprint Kits Distributed 3,500
Number of sessions assisting parents with a missing child 31
Juvenile Court Tour Presentations by COMEC 16
Number of children attending COMEC presentations 472
Number of counseling sessions (parents & children) 153
Number of calls to teen drug hotline 532
Community outreach program – COMEC participation 74
Number of At-Home drug tests for teens distributed 3,985
Number of Laboratory drug tests provided for teens 119
Drug Education Counselor 1 on staff

Commission on Missing & Exploited Children (COMEC)
616 Adams Avenue, Room 200, Memphis, TN 38105
Phone (901) 405-8441
Fax (901) 405-8542,
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Website: http://www.comec.org/
Tax Status: 501(c)(3), Federal ID#: 62-1406329