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Local 911 Director Tom Hanson Attends Prestigious Department of Justice Program Focused on Protecting Local Children

Specialized course about resources available to the Regional 911 Center teaches valuable tactics in protecting and saving children

Tom Hanson, Executive Director of the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center, just returned from the prestigious Chief Executive Officer Training Seminar, held just outside of the nation’s capital, at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) located in Alexandria, VA.  After receiving an invitation to attend the training seminar specifically designed for Law Enforcement Executives and 911 Emergency Center managers, Mr. Hanson attended the program on Sunday & Monday, January 22-23, as a guest of the NCMEC.

Mr. Hanson joined 50 other Chiefs, Sheriffs, and 911 Emergency Managers who were also selected and invited, to attend the 131st session of the CEO course, and Hanson is now one of more than 5,000 across the nation who has completed this training.

The Missing & Exploited Children Seminar for Chief Executives was designed to provide attendees with a better understanding of the issue of missing and sexually exploited children – and how to specifically deal with the situation of a child who’s been reported missing – when time is critical.

“This has been one of the most valuable experiences for me in my 33 years in public safety,” said Hanson.  “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 this community.”

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 public safety communications officers, responding PD 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 & Exploited Children through a grant by OJJDP.

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