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Freeborn County joins national child protection program

One of only three Minnesota law enforcement agencies to have qualified.

Posted: Nov. 27, 2017 5:34 PM

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office has joined an elite child-protection effort.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) says the Sheriff’s Office has become a member of its Missing Kids Readiness Program. It is one of only 47 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. to achieve that status and just the third in Minnesota.

The Missing Kids Readiness Program was developed to improve the handling of calls reporting missing, abducted, and sexually exploited children. In order to join it, Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag had to attend the “Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives” held at NCMEC headquarters in Virginia and he had to ensure all first responders and front line supervisors in his department completed the necessary classroom and online training.

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