Town of Campbell police chief Drew Gavrilos says he feels better prepared to respond to a child abduction thanks to a two day training course at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Virginia.
"We applied to attend and myself and a few members of the Holmen Police Department were invited," Gavrilos said. "I learned more in those two days of training than I have at any other training course in my 20 years in law enforcement."
Gavrilos says the center offers departments across the country the resources needed to get the ball rolling in case of an abduction--where time is of the essence.
"A child abduction for a department our size would completely paralyze us," he said. "The resources that are required in a legitimate child abduction..that's truly a critical incident and there's no way a small agency could handle something like that on their own."
He says the key is combining forces with other departments, which is exactly what the Town of Campbell hopes to do.
Gavrilos says in 2016, he hopes to coordinate with other local agencies to develop a plan of action in case an abduction were ever to arise.
"Since going to the training, I've already overhauled our previous protocol for responding to that kind of a thing," he said. "To be able to actually utilize and put into play what we learned into making our department better is a great opportunity."