BRPD, FBI launch task force for missing children cases

BRPD, FBI continuing training for CARD team

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - After searching for hours for what police thought was a case of a missing boy in north Baton Rouge, they found the body of 4-yr-old Jassiah Clark in a well. After that tragic discovery, the FBI approached the Baton Rouge Police Department to form a task force aimed specifically at working missing children cases.

"These cases can have huge developments and so that is not the time for the FBI and the state and local partners and federal partners to come together and try to figure out what the rules of the game are," said FBI's Special Agent in Charge Mike Anderson.

The Joint Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team, or CARD Team, is already set up in several cities across the country. Now, 54 different officers from area police and sheriff's office are training this entire week.  Six of those training are from BRPD.

"When every second of every minute of every hour counts, it's extremely imperative prior to the incident happening, that when we respond to that critical incident with a child abduction case, that we're already prepared. We've already been trained," said BRPD's Chief Deputy David Hamilton.

The FBI said the first five hours after a child goes missing are critical in trying to find him or her alive.

In the first five hours, if we're deployed and up and running and everything is in place, our survival increase by 50-80%," said the FBI's Charlie Delaughter.

The week-long training is meant to pass on the FBI's tactics to all of the officers so if there is a child missing in their area, they can get to work immediately with or without the FBI. Smaller agencies like Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office, are benefiting the most.

"Anytime we can save money as a small agency, we can use it in other areas to get us better equipment to help us along the way," said Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi.

Because the task force will include federal agents, when time is of the essence, they will not have to worry about crossing into jurisdictions without permission.

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