In a proactive effort to respond faster to emergency 911 calls that involve missing and sexually exploited children, the Consolidated Communications Partnership of Allen County and Fort Wayne (CCP) has become a 911 Call Center Partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
As first responders to missing and sexually exploited children calls, the CCP’s 80 call takers and managers recently completed over 300 hours of training that equipped them with best practices on handling each unique case properly and immediately. The CCP has also incorporated these best practices in its policies and training material.
“Calls about missing and sexually exploited children can become high profile events that have a devastating impact on the victim’s family and our community,” said Timothy Lee, CCP executive director. “Now, our 9-1-1 call center has in place the policies and training to help ensure every missing and sexually exploited child is given the best chance to be found alive and unharmed.”
The 9-1-1 Call Center Partner program instructs call takers on procedures for handling calls that deal with nonfamily and family abductions; lost, injured or otherwise missing children; runaway or thrownaway children; child sexual exploitation; child sexual abuse or exploitation by a family or nonfamily member; child pornography; child sexual molestation; child victims of prostitution; and online enticement of children for sexual acts.
Every year 800,000 children go missing in the United States. That’s more than 2,000 children per day. Last year in Allen County, the 9-1-1 center received 35 calls regarding missing children and 892 that dealt with juvenile runaways. In addition, there were 240 child molestation calls and 63 calls reporting child sexual assault.
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