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DETCOG trains Law Enforcement officials on missing, exploited children cases

DIBOLL, April 25, 2013--Law Enforcement officers, Child Protective Services workers and Juvenile Probation officers from around and near Deep East Texas have recently attended a two day training session on cases involving missing and exploited children.  The training focused on crimes committed against children ranging from sexual abuse and abductions to domestic child sex trafficking.  The training was coordinated by DETCOG 9-1-1 PSAP Operations Coordinator, Charlesetta Malone, and offered through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).  The sessions were held at the Diboll Civic Center.

The training was conducted by the Associate Director of Training & Outreach for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Craig Hill.  The 35-year law enforcement veteran worked a case involving the abduction of a 10 year old girl in 1983 while working at the Leawood, Kansas Police Department.  He went on to co-found the Lost Child Network in Kansas City, which later merged with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  Hill has received numerous state and national recognitions for his work on missing children cases.      

The first day of training covered the nature of children as victims of crime, offender profiles, the different types of abductions and prevention strategies.  Protecting children online, along with what law enforcement, parents and guardians need to know to protect their children online, was also covered.  Hill emphasized that free education material on the topic was available to both law enforcement and the public from NCMEC.

The second day of training focused on missing children incidents and the characteristics of the different types of offenders.  He covered run-aways, attempted abductions, infant abductions and family abductions.   Hill also shared a study of non-family abductions that ended in homicide.

The presentation wrapped up with a review of the different nature of law enforcement response to these crimes.  Hill included call-intake, patrol, supervision and investigation of crimes involving missing and exploited children.  In closing, he reviewed the resources available from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (www.missingkids.com), the importance of pre-incident planning and having policies and procedures in place for first responders and the media.

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