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Child Abduction Response Team Training (CART)

Aug 1-4, 2017 | Alexandria, VA | Classroom


Develop a multidisciplinary approach for responding to a missing or abducted child incidents. Learn how relationships across disciplines and jurisdictions can greatly improve the team’s ability to be successful in the recovery of a missing or abducted child.

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Team composition is critical to a CART’s implementation and long-term success. Commitment from the Chief Executive Officer(s) CEO(s) is required before a team will be reviewed and accepted for placement in CART training. Each jurisdiction is different in its approach to responding to missing and abducted children. Some jurisdictions have more resources than others; however, the following disciplines are suggested for a working team. Representatives from: law enforcement; legal agencies; probation and parole; communications; victim advocates; social service agencies; emergency management personnel to include fire/rescue and search and recovery units; school resource officers; and other key stakeholders that the CART Coordinator and CEO(s) identify as necessary to a CART’s overall ability to be successful in the recovery of a missing or abducted child. This is 3.5 day training program.

Is this training for you?

The following would benefit from this training:
• Correctional Officer
• Court System Personnel
• Educator
• Emergency Management
• Law Enforcement
• Law Enforcement Support
• Prosecutors
• Social Workers
• Tribes/Tribal Partners

About the Venue

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 699 Prince Street Alexandria, VA 22314

There is NO FEE to attend this training; however, pre-registration is required. Tuition, student materials, and instructional costs are provided by the AMBER Alert Training & Technical Assistance Program. Approval to attend this training is subject to the approval of the host agency as well as your qualifications submitted on your registration.

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Child Abduction Response Team Training (CART)

Aug 1-4, 2017 | Alexandria, VA



Day 1


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Welcome & Introductions
Learn about who is attending training with you this week. What does CART mean to you as you begin the training? Are you part of a CART program that is just getting started, or is already operational? What have your experiences with CART been thus far? Where do you feel your team’s strengths and weaknesses lie? We will consider these and other questions as we begin the training.

9:00 AM - 10:30 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 involving missing and abducted children. This is why we are here.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The Scope, Scale and Nature of the Problem: Endangered, Missing and Abducted Children
What does current research reveal about recent incidents involving missing and abducted children? In this module, participants will be provided an overview of the major issues involving missing and abducted children, considering trends indicated by the prevailing research. Participants will learn about each classification of missing children, victim and offender profiles and the social ramifications of missing, abducted and endangered child incidents. This module is designed to help participants develop a firm understanding of what they may encounter and the importance of developing local policies and procedures to help successfully manage these investigations,

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch
On own

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Why CART?
A missing or abducted child investigation can be overwhelming to any size department. A Child Abduction Response Team can bring the vital resources needed in all stages of the investigation. In this module, participants will explore the resources CART can provide as well as hear examples of real cases where CART made a vital difference in a child abduction investigation. By the end of this module participants will understand the important role a CART can play in these time sensitive cases.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CART Foundation: Structure, Protocols and Procedures
The building of a well prepared CART starts with a solid foundation and structure rooted in workable and realistic protocols and procedures. The various elements of proven and reliable guiding documents will be examined through the use of scenario development that will address various key elements such as: Area of Service, Team Composition, Response Criteria, Command and Control and others.


Day 2


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Legal Issues for the CART
What are the recurring legal issues facing law enforcement officers participating in Child Abduction Response Teams? Participants will develop an understanding of four areas: Search and seizure issues related to child abduction investigations, the role of the prosecutor in the command center, obtaining electronic information and federal criminal and procedural statutes that may be applicable to child abduction cases as well as considerations relevant in determining whether the case should be prosecuted in state or federal court.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Call Out Coordination: Roles, Responsibilities and Incident Command Considerations
The CART Coordinator is likely to act as the Incident Commander during a CART activation. This module explores the various responsibilities of the CART Coordinator during an activation. While the CART Coordinator is responsible for command and control of the incident, many areas of responsibility will need to be delegated to other team members. Team activation, establishment of a command post, team assignments, tip lines, and resource coordination will be covered in this module.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
CART Canvass Operations
Canvass Operations have been identified as being one of the most important and sought after skill sets from existing CARTs across the nation. Key information that can guide and facilitate the Missing Child Investigation originates from these efforts. The process of training and preparation that teams need to be ready for this critical call begins with this module

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
CART Search Operations
Every missing child case starts with looking for the child. Developing an organized search in the beginning is a major priority. During this module, participants examine the structure of a search operation and command post. Examples of various types of searches will be discussed as well as the resources needed for each. This module will prepare participants for dealing with spontaneous or organized volunteers who may or may not be utilized in search efforts.


Day 3


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Investigative Considerations
A Child abduction poses unique investigative challenges for law enforcement. During a child abduction investigation, thousands of tips will come into law enforcement from a variety of sources. The organization of the data collected from tips, canvassing, interviews, crime scene investigation, data mining and other sources is critical to the successful resolution of the investigation. This module examines some of the key investigative functions that CART members may be tasked with.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Resources for CART Activations and Missing Child Investigations
What resources are vital to the successful recovery of an abducted child? Participants will learn through actual case experiences the various resources that have been beneficial in a CART callout as well as missing child investigations and work as a team to identify needs for their CART.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch
On own

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rescue, Recovery and Reunification
The investigation is not over when the child has been rescued, recovered deceased or remains missing; it simply takes a new direction. Participants will examine the various dynamics and the resources necessary to ensure that the family’s emotional and mental health needs are addressed while locating the child and securing arrest and prosecution of the offender.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Case Study
Learn how the multi-disciplinary approach of CART was utilized in the abduction of a missing child investigation. The emphasis is on the progression of the response, the organization of the team and how the combined efforts resulted in the recovery of the child. The case study will review best practices and lessons learned can benefit other teams in a successful CART deployment.


Day 4


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Maintaining and Sustaining CART
How can you provide skill building and improvement opportunities to your CART? Participants will be given an overview of the importance of training and self-evaluation tools to achieve readiness and resiliency that will enhance the ability of CART to respond in an effective manner to critical incidents of missing and abducted children.

8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tabletop Exercise
Teams will participate in an exercise designed to pull together all of the elements of the training they have received and give them the opportunity to practice what they have learned. This will give team members an idea of what to expect when they experience a CART activation once they return home

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
CART Certification
Learn how the Child Abduction Response Team (CART) Certification Program has been developed to assist local, tribal and state jurisdictions in development of CART Programs, providing the opportunity for existing CART’s to demonstrate their capabilities and best practices regarding child protection and recovery strategies. Certification assesses team performance and compliance with nationally recognized standards of excellence.

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Conclusion, Evaluations and Closing




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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).​