Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

April 26, 2012

Appanoose County sheriff attends program to protect children

Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Appanoose County Sheriff Gary D. Anderson just returned from the prestigious Chief Executive Officer Training Seminar, held just outside of the nation’s capital, at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children located in Alexandria, Va.

Sheriff Anderson attended the specifically designed training seminar for Law Enforcement Executives and 911 Emergency Center managers program on Sunday and Monday, April 22-23, as a guest of the NCMEC.

Sheriff Anderson joined 49 other chiefs, sheriffs and 911 emergency managers who were also selected and invited, to attend the 134th session of the CEO course, and Anderson is now one of more than 5,000 who have completed this training.

The Missing & Exploited Children Seminar for Chief Executives was designed to provide attendees like Sheriff Anderson a better understanding of the issue of missing and sexually exploited children — and how to specifically deal with the situation of a child who’s been reported missing — when time is critical.

“This has been one of the most valuable experiences for me in my 28 years in law enforcement,” said Sheriff Anderson. “To have been selected in itself, was an honor, but to be able to bring this knowledge home and put it into practice, is a plus for the citizens of Appanoose County.

Created in 1997 and funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency, 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 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children through a grant by OJJDP.