The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is pleased to announce its newest NCMEC 9-1-1 Call Center Partner!
The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office (Walnut Ridge, AR) has completed the required steps to become a NCMEC 9-1-1 Call Center Partner, demonstrating their commitment to protecting children. Through training and adoption of best practices in policies and procedures, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is ready to respond to a call reporting a missing, abducted, or exploited child. By completing the partner program, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office has created a child-centered 9-1-1 system based on the belief that there is nothing more important to our community than protecting children, according to William Hinkle, NCMEC Call Center Program Executive Committee Chairman.
Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is one of a growing list of professional 9-1-1 agencies that have achieved this recognition. Through their achievement, recipients of this award have demonstrated a commitment to improving the standard of care for the children in our cities and towns across the nation.
Requirements were that deputies and dispatchers take online classes about how best to respond to calls of missing and exploited children. Also required was that Sheriff Dotson attend chief executive training in Washington DC. NCMEC paid all expenses of the training. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office started the process back in the summer.