Fort Myers Child Abduction Response Team to conduct mock exercise


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Ft. Myers Regional Operations Center, the Sarasota Police Department, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and numerous law enforcement agencies from the surrounding 10 counties will be participating in a mock child abduction exercise on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 to test the region's Child Abduction Response Team capabilities. 
The exercise is part of a two-day assessment by the U.S. Department of Justice that will test the response of CART members, evaluate communication protocols, leads tracking systems, command post operations, and search and rescue efforts in the event of a child abduction.

The exercise will begin at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds at 7 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Media representatives are invited to cover the event and will have the opportunity to access the resources being deployed during the mock child abduction, including command posts, K-9s, and crime scene assets. Major components of the CART exercise will take place at the fairgrounds and the media will be able to acquire footage of or photograph the events as they unfold.

Media representatives covering the exercise should report to the media staging area at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds located at 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, Fla. at 7:45 a.m. on Feb. 23, 2012. Sarasota Police Department Captain Paul Sutton and FDLE Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel Warren will be available to assist the media and for on-camera interviews from 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The Fort Myers CART is comprised of members from 46 state, local and federal law enforcement agencies from the following ten counties: Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Highlands, DeSoto, Hendry, Okeechobee and Glades. The goal is for this team to be prepared to quickly respond when a child is abducted or is missing under suspicious circumstances.

Residents near the location may notice an increased law enforcement presence on February 23rd, 2012. Media outlets are asked to issue advance notice to the public about the upcoming exercise.

For more information, contact:
For Further Information Contact:
Gretl Plessinger or Keith Kameg
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001
Captain Paul Sutton
Sarasota Police Department
Public Information Officer
(941) 954-7006