Four weeks ago I reported on how about 400 people showed up in Roxana, Illinois on a Saturday to sign up to be a part of a first-of-its-kind (in our area) civilian response team for when a kid in Madison County goes missing.
I talked to Sheriff Bob Hertz today to see how things are coming along with the team he hopes he never needs to call on.
He says thorough background checks are almost complete. By next month the volunteers will receive their official photo ID badges and will begin incident command training.
Depending on people's physical ability and skills they'll be called upon to do different things if a child goes missing. Some will walk through neighborhoods or tough terrain looking for the child... others will work on coordinating volunteers. The main thing is if an emergency like this happens, police agencies won't have to waste valuable time coordinating their response and can just focus on finding the missing child.
Anyone in Madison County who's interested in being part of the Child Abduction Response Team can stop by the Sheriff''s Department at 405 Randle Street in Edwardsville. The best time is in the morning Monday through Friday.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.