NARRATIVE: DOUGLAS COUNTY: The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) is partnering with Safeway and several other local businesses to conduct a Mock Child Abduction Field Exercise in the Castle Pines Area on February 1, 2012 between 9am and 2pm. This exercise will be used to test the procedures for the initial response and investigation of a child abduction. This exercise has been approved through the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce and local officials.
The goal of this exercise will be to conduct a safe, controlled response to identify the resources and challenges that law enforcement and the community face when dealing with such a traumatic event.
Since January 2010, DCSO has been committed to the development of a Child Abduction Response Team (CART). CART is a multi-agency team that consists of members from the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Colorado Bureau of Investigations, Department of Human Services, and Douglas County Schools to name a few. CART committee members have identified resources needed, written policies, conducted several table top scenarios, and trained Sheriff’s Office personnel on the initial response and investigation of a child abduction. DCSO CART is now prepared to conduct a small scale field exercise. After the successful completion of this exercise, Douglas County will begin the process to become a nationally certified team through Amber Alert and Fox Valley Technical College and becoming the first CART certified agency in Colorado.
On February 1, 2012, the Douglas County Sheriffs Office will receive a simulated 911 call into the Douglas Regional Dispatch Center of a child that went missing from the Safeway located at 560 Castle Pines Parkway. Patrol deputies and Detectives will respond to Safeway to take a report and canvass the area for any potential “witnesses”. Information gathered from actors located in surrounding businesses which can lead responders to the “suspect” with the goal being the safe recovery of the child.
The Douglas County Sheriffs Office would like to thank Safeway, The City of Castle Pines, the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce, Allstate, Animal Care Centers, Big O Tires, Cost Cutters, Discount Tire, First Bank, La Dolce Vita, Las Fajitas, Prudential Portrait Realty, Salon 188, The UPS Store, and the community for their support and partnership with this training exercise.