Audio: After an increase in child abuse and neglect cases, five Missouri counties launch regional task force

Northwest Missouri Childrens Advocacy Task Force Nodaway County Sheriff

The Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office has started a new task force meant to combat a rise in child sex crimes in northwest Missouri brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nodaway County Sheriff Randy Strong has seen an increase in abuse due to more people staying home during the pandemic, and more children being home from school.



Studies show that about 1 in 7 Missouri children have experienced abuse or neglect within the past year. Nodaway County Sheriff Randy Strong and other sheriffs in northwest Missouri applied for a grant through the state in order to form a regional task force that could act as a liaison between law enforcement and facilitate training between the public. The result is The Northwest Missouri Children’s Advocacy Task Force.



The Task Force covers the area of Nodaway, Atchison, Holt, Gentry, and Worth counties.

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