Orange Village Police Department is part of a multi-jurisdictional missing persons team, officially, known as the Child Abduction Response Team (CART).  The following tips may assist if an incident occurs:

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  • Do not delay in contacting the police by dialing 9-1-1. Call for assistance the moment you believe that your child is missing.  There is no waiting period for children under the age of 18.
  • Be aware of your child’s cell phone and social media use/information: Cell phone carrier, number, passcode, social media user names and passwords and what social media sites they use.
  • Keep a photo of your child (digital and printed) ready in your home and especially when you travel with your child.
  • Be aware of your child’s current physical description. Pay attention to what they are wearing when they dress in the morning, be aware of what their backpack and outerwear look like.  Know current height/weight.
  • Be familiar with who your child socializes with, their parents and where he/she hangs out.
  • Familiarize yourself with the electronic devices your child has access to, including those provided by schools and other extracurricular entities.
  • Maintain a list of any monetary means or account accessible to your child.
  • Do not hesitate to inform police of special circumstances regarding your child. Ex. special needs or disabilities, custody issues or history of running away.
  • Purchase a State ID for your child and renew every 4 years.
  • Talk with your child about personal safety: Stranger Awareness, Safety Friends, Internet Dangers.