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Child Abduction Response Team Training (CART)


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.

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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

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Child Abduction Response Team Training (CART)



Day 1


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
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 involving missing and abducted children. This is why we are here.

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Scope and Scale
What does current research reveal about recent incidents involving missing and abducted children? In this module, participants will be educated on the major issues involving missing and abducted children. There will be an overview of trends as shown in current research. The participants will learn about each classification of missing children, victim and offender profiles and the social ramifications of having a missing and/or abducted child. Each participant will develop a firm understanding of what they may encounter and the importance of developing local policies and procedures to help successfully manage investigations.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Getting Started
What is the basic CART concept, and how are teams developed? Participants will gain an understanding of the criteria necessary to form a Child Abduction Response Team. Participants will also learn the history and foundation of CART, how to apply a team concept, key elements that make CART successful, and how to make CART effective in their community. Some existing CART models will be examined.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch (on own)


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Team and Policy Development
What are the steps for setting up a Child Abduction Response Team in your jurisdiction? This session will begin with a policy and procedural analysis, then address the four CART Standards necessary to achieve CART Certification: Response Criteria, Team Composition, Notification Protocol and Communication. Business and procedural requirements necessary to CART development will be addressed. Participants will gain a strong understanding of the needed resources and assignments in the formation of the CART. Participants will begin to formulate their Assessment/Action Plan in a team break out activity which will be the basis for the team implementation.


Day 2


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Case Study
The case study involves the abduction, police response, and CART deployment in the abduction of a missing child investigation. Emphasis is given to the progression of the police response, the decision that led up to the deployment, and a review of how CART supplemented the primary agency of jurisdiction. The case study reviews some of tactical, logistical, and investigative strategies are combined for a successful CART deployment.

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Legal Issues and 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.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch (on own)


2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Search and Canvass
The fundamental skills and background to conduct both small and large scale canvassing operations, regardless of the location of the missing child, will be explored. Participants will be able to utilize skills in the residential, business, rural or urban environment with such investigative techniques as logistics, interviewing, legal issues and documenting investigative efforts.


Day 3


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Resources, Recovery, and Reunification
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 to missing child investigations and work as a team to identify needs for their CART. Furthermore, the investigation is not over when the child has been rescued; it simply takes a new direction. Participants will examine the various dynamics involved in the rescue of a child and the resources necessary to ensure their emotional and mental health needs are addressed while securing prosecution of the offender.

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


1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Maintaining Operational Readiness
How can you provide skill building and training opportunities to your CART? Participants will be given an overview of the importance of mock child abduction exercises as a tool to achieve the ability of CART to respond in an effective manner to critical incidents of missing and abducted children.


Day 4


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Practical 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.

11:30 AM - 12:00 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).​