Canton Police Chief Robert Merchant returned last week from a trip to Virginia, where he attended a training course to help in his case work on missing or sexually exploited children.
Merchant was among 46 police chiefs, sheriffs and other emergency workers chosen to attend the two-day course at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children located in Alexandria, Va., said Pacer Cordry, spokesman for Canton Police.
Cordry said in a news release from the Canton Police Department that the course is designed for executive police officers like Merchant and aims to give them a better understanding of how to handle missing children cases, particularly “when time is critical.”
Merchant said he was grateful to have been chosen for the class.
“This has been one of the most valuable experiences for me in my 33 years as a law enforcement officer,” said Merchant. “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 Canton.”