Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Law enforcement seeks better understanding of missing child cases

Sheriff Pribil attends Missing Children Seminar for Law Enforcement

Flagstaff, AZSheriff Pribil joined 52 other Chiefs, Sheriffs, and 911 Emergency Managers who were selected to attend the 129th session the Chief Executive Officer Training Seminar sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, VA.  Sheriff Pribil is now one of more than 5,000 who have completed this training. 

Created in 1997 and funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency (OJJDP), the CEO training discusses the needed steps in implementing best practices for call takers, responding officers, investigators, and Command Staff.  Travel and lodging expenses for the training were covered by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children through a grant by OJJDP.

The Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives provided attendees a better understanding of the nature of missing and sexually exploited children cases in the United States and the many challenges associated with these cases.  The problems that arise during missing children cases are as diverse as the types of missing children cases which include family abductions, non-family abductions, runaways, throwaways, lost, and other missing children.

“We unfortunately are not immune from these types of tragic events.  It seems every week somewhere in the United States we hear about another missing child on the national news.  I think it is important for us to learn from the past and prepare for the future should the unthinkable happen in our community,” said Sheriff Pribil.  “To have been selected to attend this training was a great honor, and I will be working with Northern Arizona law enforcement agencies to put into practice many of the ideas presented at this seminar.”    

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