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Multi-Agency Child Abduction Response Team Holds Training In Redding

Redding Police and other agencies held a child abduction training exercise Wednesday at the Lake Redding Estates neighborhood. The scenario involved the abduction of a little girl on her way to her school bus stop. A teacher learned from her students that the child was missing and administrators contacted the multi-agency child abduction response team. About 35 members of the team split into several groups to interview students and staff and to canvas the neighborhood. Surveillance footage is retrieved from some residents and brought to the mobile command vehicle. In the end, the mock missing child was found safe. Role players in the training included Redding Police Officers and students from Turtle Bay School, as well as neighborhood residents. Studies have shown that the chances of a child surviving an abduction drop significantly after the first three hours.