Police Agencies Announce Creation of Child Abduction Response Team

October 14, 2010 Updated Oct 14, 2010 at 5:39 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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October 14, 2010 Updated Oct 14, 2010 at 5:39 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A missing child is every parent's worst nightmare but now a new plan is in place here in Western New York to hopefully bring missing children back home safely. Thursday Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard and various police agencies announced the creation of Operation Child Abduction Response Team. CART is a collaboration between local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to assist in locating abducted and missing children.

"CART gives us another asset by creating a team of trained professionals that can easily integrate into a system that already works quite well," said New York State Police Captain Tim Talley. "It gives us many more boots on the ground to help find that person quickly, since time is always of the essence."

More than 200 trained first responders will participate Friday and Saturday in a first-ever child abduction response drill in Alleghany State Park located in Cattaraugus County. Law Enforcement from Pennsylvania will also participate in this weekend's drill.