Law enforcement and volunteers conduct child abduction response exercise | Local News

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Several law enforcement agencies and dozens of civilian volunteers were busy in Hunt County on the morning of June 3, searching for a missing and possibly abducted person.

Fortunately, it was only a test.

The Hunt County Fairgrounds served as a staging area for a child abduction training exercise. The training was provided by the Northeast Texas Child Abduction Response Team (CART). The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office hosted the event.

Members of the EastTex Regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Mark9 Search and Rescue met at the fairgrounds and were told the exercise would be focused a short distance away in Oak Creek Park in Greenville.

Once at the park, the teams were joined by representatives from the Texas Rangers, FBI, Fox Valley Technical College, Team Adam, Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office, Rockwall Police Department, Dept. Farmersville Police Department, Fate Police Department, Royse City Police Department, Wylie Police Department. Department, Texas Highway Patrol Department, Texas Department of Family Protective Services and Hunt County Child Advocacy Center.

The purpose of the exercise was to test the response of local law enforcement, CART and CERT approved volunteers to a missing child incident, including the investigation process, command and control systems control, family advocacy and victim assistance, and rescue/recovery team operations. .

During the exercise, evaluators from Fox Valley Technical College and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were to assess the team’s response capabilities for national CART program certification.

The training was to end in the afternoon.

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