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Published September 26, 2011, 06:29 PM

Fargo Child Abduction Task Force prepares to be tested

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A local child abduction team will be tested this week, to see if it meets national standards.

A local child abduction team will be tested this week, to see if it meets national standards. A Child Abduction Response Team has been in the works for 3 years. Wednesday the team will jump into action for a mock abduction.

After the mock abduction, law enforcement in the Fargo-Moorhead area will know if they have gained national certification through the Justice Department for their Child Abduction Response Team. Police officials do not know any specific details of the mock exercise. They will have to treat it as a real abduction. The exercise will be monitored by Fox Valley technical College in association with the justice department.

Sgt. Greg Warren – West Fargo Police: “And this one is somewhat unique, because the people I have talked to at the Fox Valley Technical College stated that this one is the first one in the country that is multi jurisdictional that involves another state, because we have Minnesota agencies involved.”

Programs like this have been proven to help find and locate missing and abducted persons much sooner. The CART team can be used even if the abduction doesn't meet Amber Alert qualifications. After the mock exercise crews and media will meet at Rendezvous Park in West Fargo, here members of the CART team will talk with the certification team to critique their work. This is the first Child Abducion Team developed in North Dakota.

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