Ball Attends Program on Protecting Children


Madison County Sheriff’s Office

(Wampsville, NY – March 2012) Madison County Undersheriff John Ball recently attended the prestigious Chief Executive Officer Training Seminar, held just outside of the nation’s capital, at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children located in Alexandria, Va.

After receiving an invitation to attend the specifically designed training seminar for Law Enforcement Executives and 911 Emergency Center managers, Ball attended the program on Sunday and Monday, March 4 and 5, as a guest of the NCMEC.

Ball joined 37 other chiefs of police, sheriffs, and 911 emergency managers who were also selected and invited to attend the 133rd session of the CEO course, and is now one of more than 5,000 who have completed this training. He was one of two law enforcement executives attending this training from New York state.

The Missing & Exploited Children Seminar for Chief Executives was designed to provide attendees like Ball a better understanding of the issue of missing and sexually exploited children – and how to specifically deal with the situation of a child who’s been reported missing – when time is critical.

Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley said the seminar delivered specific knowledge and best practices that will be worked into existing protocols with the Sheriff’s Office, the County’s 911 Center, and other agencies.

“These cases carry the highest priority,” Riley said.

“This has been one of the most valuable experiences for me in my 28 years of public service,” Ball said. “To have been selected was an honor in itself, but to be able to bring this knowledge home and put it into practice – to assist and protect missing, exploited and runaway kids and their families here in Madison County – is the biggest reward.”

Created in 1997 and funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency, the CEO training discusses the needed steps in implementing best practices for call-takers, responding officers, investigators and command staff. Once candidates are selected to attend, all travel and lodging expenses during training are covered by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children through a grant by U.S. Department of Justice, OJJDP.

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