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Basic Forensic Response to Missing and Abducted Children


Enhance the forensic skills of law enforcement professionals responsible for crime scene investigations including missing and abducted children cases. Topics include: preplanning, chain of custody issues/evidence security, crime scene identifi cation and preservation, crime mapping and photography, trace evidence, finger/palm prints,DNA/body fluids, composite sketching/forensic art and electronic evidence.

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Hands-on, facilitated activities will allow you the opportunity to practice the techniques taught in class. One module of this training will be devoted to Identi-Kit training. In order to benefit from this training module, it is recommended that you bring a laptop computer containing Windows 98 or a later version. Your department will receive a contract with the Identi-Kit Corporation which will entitle your department to receive a license and free use of Identi-Kit software for six months. Upon completion of this course, you will be certified Identi-Kit operators.

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The following would benefit from this training:
• Correctional Officer
• Court System Personnel
• Law Enforcement
• Law Enforcement Support
• Prosecutors

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Basic Forensic Response to Missing and Abducted Children



Day 1


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Welcome
Welcome and Introductions

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Family Perspective
How does the crime of child abduction affect the family? This presentation gives participants an opportunity to hear first-hand how family members cope with the pain and anguish of the search for an abducted child. Their experiences can help investigators improve their response to future cases of missing and abducted children. This is why we are here.

9:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Crime Scene Management and Evidence Identification
Multiple crime scenes are normal when a child is missing or abducted. The value of pre-planning and open communication will be stressed in this comparison of child crime scenes to adult crime scenes. Through work on a case study, participants will come to understand how important all the evidence is to prosecution of the case.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Crime Scene Documentation
This module will stress the importance of recording crime scene information using appropriate processing techniques. Topics include crime scene notes, photography, and sketches and diagrams.

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch (on own)


1:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Identi-Kit Training
Participants will receive instruction on the use of the Identi-Kit program. They will learn how to use this program as an investigative tool to creates realistic composite sketches based on verbal descriptions provided by a witness or victim. At the conclusion of this module, participants will be certified Identi-Kit operators.


Day 2


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fingerprint Impressions
Different types of latent finger and palm impression evidence can be found at a crime scene, and thorough investigation requires a systematic approach to crime scene processing to find it. Participants will learn how to process a crime scene for latent evidence, including techniques for developing prints on a body and for postmortem printing and chemical processing. The session will conclude with finger impression practical applications and resource information to aid investigators in the field looking to find the different types of latent finger and palm print evidence.

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Footwear and Tire Tread Impressions
The value of preserving, documenting, and collecting impression evidence will be stressed in this combination lecture/demonstration session. Unique techniques for documenting and recovering footwear, tire treads, bite marks, and fabric impressions will be explained. A practical exercise will demonstrate the proper technique for casting footwear impressions.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch (on own)


1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Electronic Evidence: Identification, Collection, and Preservation
Electronic and digital evidence can be invaluable in locating a missing child and identifying a suspect—if investigators know where and how to look for it. This module will demonstrate how to find electronic and digital evidence and provide resources that will assist in identifying and collecting the different types of electronic media that may contain evidentiary information.


Day 3


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Trace Evidence: DNA and Toxicology
This module will focus on the trace evidentiary items most commonly found at missing and abducted child crime scenes. Participants will learn how to search for, detect, identify, collect, and properly preserve trace evidence; what that type of evidence can reveal; how trace evidence can aid in reconstruction of the crime scene; and the ways in which trace evidence can be used as an investigative tool. The many resources available to assist at crime scenes will be discussed.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lunch (on own)


12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Legal Issues Related to Forensic Evidence Recovery
What legal issues commonly arise in the recovery and collection of evidence in cases involving a missing or abducted child? Participants will learn the essential legal skills that will allow them to move expeditiously in such investigations without violating the Constitution and to handle evidence properly to ensure it is admissible in a court of law.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Evaluations and Closing




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Notice of Federal Funding and Federal Disclaimer
Notice of Federal Funding and Federal Disclaimer This Web site is funded in part through grants from BJA, COPS, ​OJJDP, OJP, OVC, SMART, and U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this Web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).​