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Child Abduction Response Team Earns National Recognition

More than 58,000 children in the U.S. are abducted by non-family members each year. In 2010 a coalition of Northern California law enforcement decided to form a child abduction response team, or “CART”. There were only 21 nationally certified cart teams, and none in California. The team has 90 members from various local, state, and federal agencies in Shasta, Tehama and Siskiyou Counties. Their singular goal is to use all available resources to rapidly and safely recover abducted children before it’s too late. In June the Nor-Cal CART conducted a field exercise in Red Bluff involving the staged abduction and recovery of a child and apprehension of the kidnapper. Official observers of the mock exercise reported to the U.S. Department of Justice to determine whether to officially certify the team. 47 national standards had to be met. During a ceremony on Monday at 1 O’clock in the Redding City Council Chambers, the Northern California CART will be recognized as the 22nd nationally certified team and the first in California.