There is nothing that evokes emotion like that of a missing child. Numerous questions are raised as to what might have happened, who would have taken the child and why...and no one wants to believe the worst. But when there are suspicions of foul-play involved, it's comforting to know that those who have sworn to protect us and our children have been well-trained and that the task of finding what was forcefully taken is in the most competent of hands.
To ensure and build upon this competency is C.A.R.T., or the Child Abduction Response Team program, a national training curriculum created by Jacksonville area resident Floy Turner. And who better to be an instructor for C.A.R.T. but the one who wrote the book on it, literally. Turner, along with her partner Alan Wolochuk, retired Chief of the California Highway Patrol, and Robert Hoever, Associate Director of Special Projects for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, compose a three-person assessment team that evaluates each C.A.R.T. team's coordination, implementation, tactics and procedures displayed during a simulated child abduction.
Turner gave her recap on the exercise that took place in Georgia. 'There were no glaring deficiencies here. This team has worked very hard to get their certification. The beauty of C.A.R.T. is that they work on the forefront of a child being abducted.'
And Floy Turner is undoubtedly the one to provide an accurate analysis when it comes to abducted children. A former Regional Crimes Against Children Coordinator with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and 2004 recipient of the State Law Enforcement Officer of the Year at Florida Missing Children's Day, Turner appears to be driven to stop the injustices meted out upon our children, an admirable aspiration that needs to be adopted by us all.
She enthusiastically shares her expertise as she travels to other states so that she can train their Special Agents and law enforcement officers in C.A.R.T., while providing them with the criteria for assessment and certification and other initiatives in the AMBER Alert program.
When talking about C.A.R.T. training and certification for our law enforcement officers, Turner said, 'Failure is not an option. If we see any deficiency, we address it and provide them with methods to correct it. Once they can show that it's corrected, they can get the certification. We work hard to make sure that they're successful.'
Well, it's not hard to figure out by now that the dedicated officers and specialists servicing the people of Georgia were successful and will be receiving their C.A.R.T. certification. They've proven that they're prepared should a child go missing.
And it just goes to show that this is one state where someone may want to think more than twice before abducting one of their kids.