Conway Police Chief Ed Wagner and Detective Sgt. Chris Mattei – the officer in charge of Conway’s detectives – recently returned from a 2-day trip to the Washington D.C. area to visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Called the Chief Executive Officer’s Seminar, the trip was completely paid for by the non-profit Center.
Mattei says the course provides training as to how police departments can set up and initially respond to incidents involving children – classified as either a family abduction, non-family abduction or a runaway – including information that’s important, how to get it out to law enforcement agencies quickly and what can and should be done locally.
A father himself, Mattei says listening to the story of Colleen Nick, whose daughter Morgan was abducted in 1995 and is still missing, made a big impression.
Mattei says the Center has been working – and continues to work – on the case of the missing 15-year-old teenager from North Conway, Abigail Hernandez, who was last seen leaving Kennett High School in October, 2013.
Although the Conway Police Dept. already has procedures in place to deal with various missing children scenarios, Mattei says he will now use the information he learned at the Center – and coordinate with Dispatch Sup. Joanne MacKenzie – to update the department’s procedures, including how to best incorporate the latest technology in search efforts.
For more information about the Center’s work, see the website at www.missingkids.com.