Feb 12, 2011 12:38 PM by Andy Koen
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children an effort to improve training and best practices handling cases of missing and abducted children.
A statement released by the office Friday says that the NCMEC 9-1-1 Readiness Project gives officers and dispatchers the additional resources to fine tune existing procedures when handling missing children cases.
"We are excited about this partnership and will pursue all opportunities to help us make our children safe," Sheriff Maketa said. "This is another example of leveraging national resources enabling our agency to further efficiency and timeliness in dealing with emergency situations."
Under the partnership, deputies will undergo continued training and review operating procedures to ensure consistency in information gathering.
The Missing Kids and 9-1-1 Readiness Project was created through collaboration with AMBER Alert, a training and technical assistance program, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative; Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO); National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED); National Emergency Number Association (NENA); and NCMEC.