Jacksonville CART Receives National Certification


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Jacksonville Child Abduction Response Team (CART) has become the 12th team in the country to obtain national certification. CART is a multi-agency team designed to immediately mobilize assistance and investigative resources to the lead investigative agency when a child is abducted or goes missing under suspicious circumstances.

The team was awarded the prestigious certification yesterday by Fox Valley Technical College, which critiques and monitors agencies working to earn the certification. The certification is bestowed jointly by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Office of Justice Programs, the U.S. Department of Justice and Fox Valley Technical College. Florida teams in Tallahassee and in Miami have also obtained national certification.

The certification process involved a three-county exercise that took place in February 2011 and tested the Jacksonville region’s ability to respond to a mock abduction. The exercise evaluated communication capabilities, leads tracking systems, command post operations and search and rescue efforts. Some of the resources used and deployed during the exercise included command posts, K-9s, air support and crime scene assets. The certification drill took place in Bradford, Putnam, and Alachua counties and involved personnel from local, state and federal law enforcement in each of those regions.

Florida first created CART in 2005 and now has teams in place across the state. The initiative has become a national training model and is taught to states across the nation by the U.S. Department of Justice. Jacksonville Cart is the third team in Florida to receive this certification.

For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Keith Kameg or Kristi Gordon
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001