On Friday, April 13th, 2018 the Child Abduction Response Team (CART) will be conducting a large-scale training exercise at the Lake Tawakoni State Park.
The CART team consists of the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, Team Adam, Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office, Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, Collin County Sheriff’s Office, Ables Springs Volunteer Fire Department as well as local volunteer fire departments. Residents who live in that area can expect to see a large police presence between 9:00 a.m. and Noon that day and there will be signs that will read “Police Exercise” to remind residents and visitors of the exercise.
In cases involving missing children law enforcement response time is critical because statistics show that 47% of all children abducted die within the first hour. This exercise will test communication capabilities, activation of CART members, Incident command and operations as well as search and rescue teams.
Media outlets are a tremendous asset to law enforcement in missing child investigations and all media outlets are invited to participate by providing news and camera crews to interact with personnel during the exercise. Additionally, media outlets will be allowed access the Incident Command Operation, EastTex Regional CERT Emergency Response Trailer and Search Operations. Additionally, following the exercise, CART team members and key agency representatives will be available to meet with reporters to answer questions about the exercise.
“In cases involving missing children it’s important to have the resources available that the CART team can provide on short notice because law enforcement’s response time is critical. I want to thank all the members of this organization for their time and effort and I want to especially thank Jeff Stapleton, Chief of Police for Royse City, for coordinating this exercise”.