Topeka The state’s child abduction response team has become certified by the U.S. Department of Justice, the attorney general’s office reported Tuesday.
“A missing child often creates chaos and confusion, and that often hinders efforts to bring the child home safely,” said Attorney General Steve Six. “With the right policies and procedures in place, Kansas now has a structure that communities statewide can access during a crisis situation,” Six said.
Kansas’ child abduction response team (CART) became the 10th in the nation to receive certification. It was evaluated by the Department of Justice during a full-scale mock child abduction on Oct. 1 in Arkansas City that involved representatives of the AG’s office, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Cowley County Sheriff’s office, the Arkansas City police department, the Winfield police department and other agencies.
The state program, which will conduct training in local communities to respond to missing, endangered or abducted children, will be used to complement the AMBER Alert Program, which focuses on promptly distributing information on missing children.