Team Assembled To Help Fight Child Abductions 7-13-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Team Assembled To Help Fight Child Abductions 7-13-2010

A new task force is being formed to help fight child abductions.
It may seem like every other day stories of children being snatched somewhere across the country pop up, but now parents in Mid-Michigan will have a little extra help if the unthinkable happens.
Saginaw Police Detective Ryan Oberly is expanding his detective services for the city and surrounding areas.
Oberly is forming the child abduction response team, or CART, to help fight child abduction.
The team’s mission is to jump into action as soon as a child is reported missing.
Social and health care workers with experience in child abductions and assaults are members of the squad, as are a Saginaw police officer, Saginaw County Sheriff’s deputy, a Michigan State Trooper and an FBI agent.
That way, if the team must cross city, township, county or state lines to get to an abductor, it won’t be a problem.
The 11-member team attended a four-day seminar and has put together a training manual that is being reviewed by various Saginaw County police chiefs. If approved, the team will then apply for state certification.
To receive that designation, the CART members must hold a mock abduction and find the missing child within three hours.
Officials with the program said that if all goes well, that drill will be held next spring.
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