The BCSO is one of only seven law enforcement agencies in the state of Florida to receive this designation.
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office believes every 9-1-1 call involving a missing and/or sexually exploited child must be handled according to best practices.
The 9-1-1 Call Center Partner Program was created by the NCMEC to promote the adoption of these best practices by telecommunicators, or dispatchers, across the country.
In order to participate, BCSO telecommunicators were tasked with the responsibility of completing approximately 30 hours of specialized training.
Once done, BCSO communications policies and procedures were submitted to the NCMEC for review and approval.
Every year 800,000 children go missing in the United States.
9-1-1 calls about missing and sexually exploited children can become high profile events that have devastating impacts on the victim’s family and the community.
By incorporating best practices and training, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office will ensure every missing and sexually exploited child is given the best chance to be found alive and unharmed.