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Southern Oregon C.A.R.T. Full Scale Child Abduction/Amber Alert Exercise in Klamath Falls - August 27th
08/20/2010
Sheriff Tim Evinger
Klamath County Sheriff's Office
(541) 891-9734
 
Lieutenant Monty Holloway
Klamath County Sheriff's Office
(541) 810-1720
 
Chief Jim Hunter
Klamath Falls Police Department
(541) 883-5336
 
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Link to resource list valid 30 days - http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2010-08/1002/37684/CART_exercise_resources.docx
 
Oregon's first Child Abduction Response Team (CART) will be involved in a full-scale exercise Friday, August 27th, in Klamath Falls to test and evaluate CART's response to a reported child abduction. The exercise is part of the Southern Oregon Region CART's effort to earn national certification from Fox Valley Technical College in conjunction with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which critiques and monitors agencies working to earn the prestigious certification.
 
The Southern Oregon Region CART is an inter-agency team comprised of law enforcement personnel and civilian employees and volunteers available to activate and investigate the abduction or endangerment of children in the southern Oregon area. To date, seven CART teams in the nation have received national certification.
 
Klamath County Sheriff (KCSO) Tim Evinger worked closely with Klamath Falls Police Department and Oregon State Police in launching the development of the Southern Oregon Region CART two years ago. Trained personnel and resources were brought together to deploy when a child is abducted or missing under circumstances requiring immediate response to protect the child's well being.
 
The Southern Oregon Region CART full-scale exercise kicks off Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. with a reported mock abduction in Klamath Falls. Area citizens should anticipate a rapid response of public safety resources on the ground supported by air operations. In addition to responding law enforcement personnel, the exercise will include trained search and rescue volunteers on the ground; marine deputies and dive rescue personnel; and, search dog handlers and a canine tracker. The exercise should end by 12:00 p.m. and a media briefing will be held upon its conclusion.
 
Members of the media will be given access to the Incident Command post and selected outside locations, something usually impossible to provide during an actual child abduction event.
 
"The access afforded to media representatives during the exercise will help local reporters learn about the extraordinary efforts needed to find an abducted child," said KCSO Lieutenant Monty Holloway.
 
As part of the CART certification, the policies and procedures for all participating member agencies will be evaluated by a three member assessor team on Thursday. The certification is a cooperative effort through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Fox Valley Technical College, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
 
A list of local and State resources available for the CART exercise is noted in the provided link. Representatives from local school districts, Department of Human Services, FBI, US Marshal Service, outside law enforcement agencies and others have been invited to observe the exercise.
Media representatives wishing to attend: Please advise your preference if you would like an officer to guide you to the different scenario locations or if you would like to work off the attached map. We will accommodate your request with advanced notice.
 
The training will kick off with a mock abduction that will occur adjacent to Roosevelt School, Eldorado Avenue on the Leroy Street Side at 7:00 a.m.  Command and media staging will be in front of the Klamath County Jail for the duration of the exercise.