On February 21st, the AMBER Alert Europe Foundation welcomed Carlo Schippers to its Board of Directors. With his experience as a former Behavioral Consultant and Missing Persons Expert for the Dutch National Police, Schippers brings a wealth of expertise to the role.
During the last 31 years of his career with the police, Schippers served on the Investigative Psychology Team, where he provided support to investigators working on high-profile cases involving serious crimes. He also supported local police forces with their active and cold case missing persons cases.
Schippers was involved in developing the use of the Internet and social media for urgent missing person and missing children cases, while he coordinated this social media use for many years on a national level.
Schippers’ training included a one-year fellowship in Criminal Investigative Analysis from the FBI Academy. He has worked as a lecturer and instructor at conferences and law enforcement training centers in several countries, including lecturing on criminal profiling, homicide, stalking, missing persons, AMBER Alerts, and related behavioral topics. Schippers has also published articles and book chapters on these topics, including being a co-author of the Dutch National Police Missing Persons Handbook.
In recognition of his work establishing the AMBER Alert system in The Netherlands, Schippers received the IBC Innovation award in 2009 and became a Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau, awarded by H.R.H. King Willem-Alexander in 2016.
Now retired, Schippers will bring his extensive experience to support the AMBER Alert Europe Foundation in the role of Board Member and Training Coordinator. He will develop a law enforcement training curriculum on missing persons to help build further expertise and knowledge in this area.
Speaking on his appointment, Schippers said, “While retirement for me brings an end to being actively involved in ongoing cases, I can still do something useful with the experience I’ve gathered during my active years by sharing that knowledge with law enforcement colleagues across Europe.”