Ogle County 911 was recently recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) for completing the required steps in its Missing Kids Readiness Project.
The Ogle County Sheriff’s Dpeartment was approved as a partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in December of 2013.
The Sheriff’s Department is the 138th partner and the 10th agency in the State of Illinois to receive the partnership.
NCMEC was established in 1984, and is the leading nonprofit organization in the United States working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children.
As a part of its Congressional authorization, NCMEC has created a public and private partnership to build a coordinated, national response to the problem of missing and sexually exploited children, establish a missing children hotline, and serve as the national clearinghouse for information related to these issues.
The NCMEC Law Enforcement Partnership is a multiphase process.
This process includes training of the dispatchers, officers, and Chief Executive Officer Training. Most of the training is now completed online.
The dispatcher training and officer training is for 5 to 8 hours. This training goes through a checklist type manual for the questions and follow -ups to be used for missing or exploited children.
The Chief Executive Officer training is on site training usually at the Jimmy Rice Training Center in Alexandria, Va.
An application process has to be completed and accepted in order to attend this training.
The training costs are covered by grants received by NCMEC.
This training is extensive and goes through the entire program for all areas and provides a list of resources available to agencies when they have a missing and or exploited child.
Upon completion of the Chief Executive Officer course, the agency representative is tasked with drafting a policy for the agency in the handling of a missing or exploited child from the first phone call to the completion of the incident.
The department then has to approve this policy.
Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn selected 911 Coordinator Sandy Beitel to attend the Chief Executive officer training, and she completed the course in December of 2012.
Upon completion of this the dispatchers began their online training. Also during this time, the policy on the handling the missing and exploited child was written and approved.
As a partner with the NCMEC, the Sheriff's Department was recognized for meeting for meeting essential training and policy elements demonstrating preparedness for responding to a missing child incident.
"Through training and adoption of best practices in policies and procedures, your agency is ready to respond to a call regarding a missing, abducted or exploited child," said a letter from NCMEC Training Coordinator Kimberly Glotzbach.