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OHIO CART SUMMARY - Update JANUARY 2012
- Started in Florida in late 2004
- DOJ initiates national training through Fox Valley Technical College in 2005
- Chief Gary Vest, Powell PD convened a meeting of interested parties in Feb. 2006
- Ninety three Ohio law enforcement personnel received national training in 2006
- Attorney General awards statewide implementation grant to the Law Enforcement Foundation in 2006
- Strategic Planning Meeting, Sept. 2006
- Work Groups Developed
- Eight Regions adopted
- One Day Orientation Trainings in each region during spring, 2007
- 670 persons received one day orientation training in 2007.
- 400 persons attended at least one of the advanced training modules in fall, 2007.
- Another 500 persons received orientation and/or advanced training in 2008.
- Policies and procedures developed.
- Mutual Aid language enacted into law.
- Over 1,500 law enforcement and public safety personnel have received CART training by the end of 2011.
- Twenty-five local CART teams were developed.
- Web site and promotional brochure developed
- Several teams conducted table top exercises.
- Trumbull Co. CART team hosted a mock call out exercise and several teams conducted table top exercises.
- Several teams reported call outs that resulted in the successful recovery of the missing person.
- Simple Leads Management CDs and First Responders Cards distributed to law enforcement throughout the state.
- Ohio CART receives inquiries from other states requesting assistance in how to get organized.
- Law Enforcement Foundation received a grant from Target® to help provide trainings in 2011.
- Based on national best practices learned since CART began in 2004, Ohio CART is under going redesign from a local team concept to a key component statewide response.
- The Law Enforcement Foundation received a grant from the Ohio Attorney General State Victims Assistance Act.
Ohio CART uses all available resources to assist the local jurisdiction in which the abduction occurred with the search and rescue of the child.
Ohio CART is funded through a grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to the Law Enforcement Foundation.
Ohio CART is a coordinated response for the safe and quick return of abducted children.
Ohio CART is supported by the following organizations:
What is Ohio CART?
Ohio CART is a network of trained public safety and other individuals from various agencies, jurisdictions, and disciplines who are prepared to respond to specific ‘at risk’ missing, endangered or abducted children.
Why the Need for CART?
An estimated 1.3 million children are missing annually ( US)
Stranger Abductions account for 100-200 per year
60-150 children are murdered each year in the course of an abduction
Most are sexually and physically abused
Most of the time, if the abductor intends to murder the child, this is done within the first 3 hours of the abduction
Rapid search and rescue response is critical
Most local jurisdictions have never had a stranger abduction case
Most local jurisdictions do not have the needed resources
Ohio CART is divided into 8 Regions
(mirroring the Ohio Homeland
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Five Work Groups comprised of CART trained public safety and other personnel are developing the statewide CART initiative. The Work Groups are:
- Policy and Procedures
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History of Ohio CART
The state of Florida began the first CART ( Child Abduction Response Teams) in late 2004. A major impetus for CART was the abduction and murder of 11 year old Carlie Brucia, Sarasota, Florida on Super Bowl Sunday, 2004. Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed an executive order to direct the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to develop CART teams throughout the state.
The US Department of Justice launched an initiative to train CART teams throughout the nation in November, 2005. In 2006, regional trainings were offered throughout the nation, developed and conducted by Fox Valley Community College. In 2006, 93 Ohio public safety and other interested persons received this national training.
In early 2006, Chief Gary Vest, Powell PD, convened of meeting of interested persons for an Ohio CART initiative. Subsequent to the meeting, a grant proposal was submitted to Jim Petro, Ohio Attorney General for start up funding for a statewide Ohio CART program. Attorney General Jim Petro awarded the grant to the Law Enforcement Foundation .
In September, 2006, CART trained personnel from throughout the state convened and developed a CART strategic plan and included the development of working groups. These working groups have been meeting ever since in the areas of structure development, training, policies and procedures, legislation, and promotion.
In early 2007, Ohio CART began one day trainings in each of the eight regions of Ohio.
For more information contact
Jeff Hill, Ohio CART Project Director
Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police
614-761-0330, ext. 4603