Fort Myers, Fla. A Florida plan for quick, coordinated police response to child abductions - developed after the 2004 killing of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia - is being taken nationwide.
The state's Child Abduction Response Teams program will be used as a model for training law enforcement personnel around the country, state and federal officials said Wednesday.
The program coordinates regional law enforcement resources - from bloodhounds to helicopters to forensics experts - in advance so they can be deployed rapidly once a child is reported abducted.
Since the Florida Department of Law Enforcement created the first team early this year in Orlando, CART has been activated 13 times, with 11 successful child recoveries.
Cybele Daley, acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs, an arm of the Justice Department, said the federal government will pay $1.5 million for the first 10 CART national training sessions.