The Child Abduction Response Team (CART) training program is a multi-disciplinary approach to responding to a missing or abducted child incident. Team composition is critical to a CART’s implementation and long-term success. Commitment from the Sheriffs and Chiefs is required before a team will be reviewed and accepted for placement in CART training.
Each jurisdiction is different in its approach to responding to missing and abducted children; some jurisdictions have more resources than others, however, the following disciplines are suggested for a “working team”. Representatives from: law enforcement; legal agencies; probation and parole; communications; victim advocates; social service agencies; emergency management personnel to include fire/rescue and search and recovery units; school resource officers; and other key stakeholders that the CART Coordinator and CEO(s) identify as necessary to a CART’s overall ability to be successful in the recovery of a missing or abducted child incident.
Through the leadership of Loudon County E-911, the Ninth Judicial District is taking the required steps to achieve CART cerification.