Detectives work to solve staged child abduction scenario
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – The Federal Bureau of Investigations regularly rescues minors and arrests human traffickers nationwide. While they partner with authorities in Thailand, the Philippines and Cambodia, they also work with local police departments.
The FBI’s child exploitation task force works cases related to child abductions, child sexual exploitation enterprises, contact offenses against children, trafficking of child pornography, international parental kidnapping and contribute to the endangered child alert program.
This week the task force trained with the Coral Springs’ Police Department for about four days. During a role play scenario, some 60 police officers worked together to search for an imaginary 13-year-old girl, who was wearing Converse shoes with hearts on them when she vanished in Weston.
The suspected kidnapper was a man in a white van. Officers with Bloodhound police dogs were involved in the training.
“We’re trying to preach to these detectives to have a plan in place in the event of an emergency of an actual child abduction,” FBI Special Agent James Lewis said.
Lewis said the practical exercise will help detectives not to waste time struggling to figure out what to do in the event of an actual abduction.
The FBI has done 14 of these training exercises around the country. The four-day training exercise in Broward County was set to end Thursday afternoon at a park.
Lewis said team work is important. It is what got two-month-old baby Tyrigee Kemp back home, when a kidnapper took her at gun point from her home in Fort Lauderdale. Detectives found her about a day later in Orlando.
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