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Harvard police supervisor attends missing children training

HARVARD – A Harvard police supervisor has a better understanding of the issues surrounding missing and sexually exploited children after he attended a seminar this month.

Mike Vest, supervisor of telecommunications for the Harvard Police Department, attended the Missing & Exploited Children Seminar for Chief Executives on July 22 and 23. The seminar was held at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia.

Vest and 41 other chiefs, sheriffs, and 911 emergency managers were selected to attend the 153th session of the course free of charge through a grant by the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency, according to a news release from the Harvard Police Department.

Nearly 6,000 people have now completed the training, which provides further skills to manage situations in which children have been reported missing. The training addresses best practices for call takers, responding officers, investigators and command staff.

"This has been one of the most valuable experiences for me in my 14 years working in public safety," Vest said in the news release. "To have been selected in itself was an honor, but to be able to bring this knowledge home and put it into practice is a plus for the citizens of Harvard."

–Shawn Shinneman

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