WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has joined forces with a special group dedicated to returning missing children home safely.
Sheriff Jody Dotson announced Tuesday, December 27, that his office has completed the required steps to become a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) 911 Call Center Partner.
Deputies and dispatchers took online classes to learn how to best respond to missing children calls. Sheriff Dotson was also required to undergo chief executive training in Washington, D.C. NCMEC paid all of the training expenses.
"We have put a lot of hard work into this effort," Sheriff Dotson said. "We are one of the few in the country to have completed this training."
By completing the program, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has created a child-centered 911 system that can efficiently and effectively respond to calls reporting a missing, abducted or exploited child.
The sheriff's department began the training in the summer.