FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams and five of the Springfield Police Department’s other commanders completed the Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives (CEO) hosted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). This seminar, typically held at NCMEC headquarters just outside Washington, DC, was held at the Springfield-Greene County Public Safety Center, who donated the use of their classroom space.
Police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement commanders and were invited to attend the 2-day CEO seminar held Dec. 7-8. Chief Williams, Majors Kirk Manlove and Jim McCulloch, Captains David Millsap and Ben King and Sergeant Jason Laub joined 41 other law enforcement executives who attended the 163rd session of the CEO course, and they are now some of more than 6,000 who have completed this training.
“It was an honor to have NCMEC bring the training to us here in Springfield,” said Chief Williams. “The knowledge they share benefits not only us in law enforcement. In turn, it benefits the citizens of Springfield.”
The Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives was designed to provide attendees a better understanding of the issue of missing and sexually exploited children, how to specifically deal with the situation of a child who has been reported missing when time is critical, and how to access a multitude of resources available to assist in these cases.
Once candidates are selected to attend, training expenses are covered by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children through a grant provided by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
Created in 1997, the CEO training discusses the needed steps in implementing best practices for call takers, responding officers, investigators and command staff.
Photo of training class attendees
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Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer