Local law enforcement train for faster child abduction response
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MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — Madison County Sheriff John Mehr and Interim Jackson Police Chief Julian Wiser announced a local initiative Wednesday to help find missing, endangered and abducted children more quickly. This month, 13 first responders from West Tennessee attended four days of training at the TBI headquarters in Nashville for CART training, which stands for Child Abduction Response Team. Members can request an Amber Alert to be issued within three hours of a child going missing. “Should we get a call for an abducted child 17 and under where we can respond quickly because it’s very imperative that we do that in the first three hours, because most of the abducted children are killed in the first three hours,” said Tom Mapes, public information officer for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. More than 300 children are abducted each year.