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Davis Area Child Abduction Response Team

Article Published 12/08/2008

December 2008

It’s every parent or caregiver’s worst nightmare: News that a child is missing and believed to be abducted or endangered. Yet all too often we hear of these tragedies in morning headlines or nightly newscasts.

Fortunately for Davis County area residents, including Layton citizens, there is a team of dedicated and professional law enforcement personnel whose job it is to respond to such incidents to bring about positive resolution to such emergency events. These individuals make up what is known as the Davis Area Child Abduction Response Team, or CART.

The Davis Area CART was organized in 2007, the same year Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff launched Utah’s first statewide CART. The Davis team was the first regional team to be organized within Utah.

The Davis Area CART includes law enforcement professionals from across Davis County who provide expertise and critical resources to law enforcement agencies during an incident involving abducted and endangered children.

Agencies who have committed investigators and specialized personnel to participate on the Davis Area CART team will incur associated costs when these personnel are called out to assist on an incident. Each team member has received 40 hours of specialized training on responding and investigating abducted and endangered children.

There are several regional CART teams operating within the state, and each is committed to providing communities the resources necessary for the most effective response and investigation of child abductions incidents, including expertise in computers, forensics, search and rescue, crime intelligence analysis and other areas of investigation.

For additional information, please contact Shawn Horton at Layton Police Department, (801) 336-3440.