City of Milton Police Chief Deborah Harrell recently returned from the prestigious Chief Executive Officer Training Seminar, held at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, Va.
The Missing & Exploited Children Seminar for Chief Executives provides a better understanding of the issues surrounding missing and sexually exploited children, and how to deal with the situation of a child who’s been reported missing.
“This has been one of the most valuable trainings I have attended in my 18 years as a law enforcement officer,” said Harrell. “To have been selected was an honor, but to be able to bring this knowledge home and put it into practice is a gift.”
Harrell, who was selected for and invited to the program, joined 49 other chiefs, sheriffs and emergency managers at the 134th session of the course. She is now one of more than 5,000 to complete the training.
Created in 1997 and funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency (OJJDP), the CEO training discusses the needed steps in implementing best practices for call takers, responding officers, investigators and command staff.
Once candidates are selected to attend, all travel and lodging expenses during training are covered by the NCMEC through a grant by the justice department.