PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Child Abduction Response Team (CART) will be participating in a mock child abduction exercise on October 12, 2011, to test and strengthen the state’s capabilities.
South Dakota CART is comprised of agencies from state, local and federal agencies whose goal is to be prepared to quickly respond when a child is abducted or missing under suspicious circumstances. The media is invited to attend the mock scenario including the response, investigation, search, recovery of the child and apprehension of the subject. South Dakota CART partners include the following: Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Investigation, FBI, Department of Public Safety, Hughes and Stanley County Emergency Management, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Police Department, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office and Sioux Falls Police Department.
The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office and the Sioux Falls Police Department will be the lead agencies in the exercise.
South Dakota CART achieved certification in 2009 and was the 5th team to nationally gain this important status. There are now currently 13 teams certified nationwide.
If you have any questions regarding the South Dakota CART team contact Sara Rabern at 605-773-3215. If you have questions regarding the mock child abduction exercise and media participation please contact Sioux Falls Police Department Public Information Officer Sam Clemens at 605-978-6569.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Friday, October 7, 2011
CONTACT: Sara Rabern, (605) 773-3215