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Washington County Dispatchers Receive Missing Children Training

Posted: January 20, 2014 at 5 a.m.

When a child goes missing in Washington County, 911 operators are trained to react instantly.

AT A GLANCE

Child Protection Training Center

Renovation of the Melba Shewmaker Southern Region National Child Protection Training Center is complete. A grand opening is set for Feb. 6.

The Highlands Oncology building at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was transformed into the center. The center is one of two in the nation providing training to people who work with children to recognize, report and respond to child abuse. The other is in Winona, Minn.

The center offers training geared mainly toward police officers, social workers and prosecutors. More than 4,000 people from 16 states have received training since it opened in 2010. The building is owned by the college foundation, which is raising money for the renovation. The foundation met its $3 million fundraising goal and it accepts donations for ongoing costs. Visit www.nwacc.edu/web/ncptc for information on how to donate.

Source: Staff Report

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