The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is calling all 5th grade students to compete in the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice.

KSP will select one nominee from Kentucky to participate in the national level competition. The Kentucky nominee will receive an Award of Excellence from KSP, and their poster will be prominently displayed at the Kentucky State Fair in KSP’s Safety Town Exhibit.

Using the theme “Bringing Our Missing Children Home,” the contest highlights America’s united goal to bring missing children home safety. It provides teachers and parents with tools to educate children about safety and the prevention of child abductions.

The winner of the national contest will be determined in late April and will receive a U.S. Savings Bond and a free trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony, to be held on or around May 21, 2014.  The ceremony will be a time to recognize people who work to bring missing children home safety and remember the children who remain missing.

Kentucky 5th graders can enter the contest by submitting their posters to KSP Headquarters. KSP must receive entries by Feb. 18, 2014 for consideration. A judging panel will choose a state winner, and the entry will be forwarded to DOJ where the national winner will be selected.

Kentucky entries and completed applications should be mailed to:

Kentucky State Police Headquarters
c/o Public Affairs Branch
919 Versailles Road
Frankfort, KY 40601

KSP contest guidelines and information are available at For more information, contact the Public Affairs Branch at (502) 782-1780.