Sheriff attends national training program on protecting children

Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase recently returned from the prestigious Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executive Officers training program held just outside of the nation’s capital at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) located in Alexandria, Virginia.

Kaase traveled to attend this invitation-only program, designed exclusively for law enforcement executives and 911 emergency center managers, on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15 and 16, as a guest of the NCMEC.

Together with 23 other chiefs, sheriffs, and 911 emergency managers, Kaase is now one of more than 6,000 public safety leaders who have completed this specialized training program as a member of the 166th session.

The Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executive Officers provides attendees such as Kaase in-depth information, policies and resources to handle cases of a missing or abducted child – when time is most is critical to ensure their safety.

“This has been one of the most valuable experiences for me in my 33+ years as a law enforcement officer,” said Kaase.  “To have been selected in itself, was an honor, but to be able to bring this knowledge home and put it into practice, is a plus for the citizens of Fillmore County.”

Created in 1997 and funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency (OJJDP), the CEO training discusses the needed steps in implementing best practices for call takers, responding officers, investigators, and command staff.

Once candidates are selected to attend, all travel and lodging expenses during training are covered by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children through a grant by OJJDP.