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Canvassing, Search and Recovery Strategies for Abducted Children


Gain critical skills needed to conduct effective canvassing investigations and operations. Learn effective search tactics and methods to recover abducted children.

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Canvassing, Search and Recovery Strategies for Abducted Children



Day 1


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Welcome and Introductions


8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Roles, Responsibilities, and Search Case Study
Roles to be covered will include Incident Commander, Operations Commander, Neighborhood Investigation Supervisor, Search Team Supervisor, Search Teams, Road Block Teams, Canvass Team Supervisor, Logistics, Administration, and Communications. The role of each participant in the neighborhood investigation will be discussed in detail. Included is a case study of a search utilizing lessons learned and best practices.

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


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tracking Cellular Phones in the Investigations of Missing and Exploited Children
This module will focus on how to identify and collect evidence related to cellular phones, cellular towers and cellular providers in the investigation of missing and abducted children. Participants will learn about current technologies in tracking cellular phones that may belong to the victim or perpetrator. Additional information will be provided on investigative resources related to tracking the movement of a cell phone based on cell tower records that may be obtained from commercial providers. Legal considerations in obtaining provider records will be covered in this block of instruction.


Day 2


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Conducting the Canvass Utilizing Resources
Students will learn about the mechanics of conducting a neighborhood canvass. Topics will include methods for determining canvass areas, assigning canvass responsibilities, canvass team make-up, use of standardized forms, methods of combining search tactics and interviewing in the process of the canvass. Students will develop specific questions to be used in the canvass interviews, and will demonstrate knowledge of the methods used to document canvass activities. Attention will be paid to follow up on the canvass, as well as emergency actions to be taken in the event of the discovery of an abducted child or identification of the abductor. Students will be provided information about NCMEC and other Federal resources.

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Legal Issues
This module will focus on many legal issues affecting the search for and investigation of cases involving missing children Among the topics that will be discussed are recurring Fourth Amendment issues (emergency aid doctrine, the exigent circumstances doctrine, as well as more recent developments impacting the use of tracking devices and other technology), and Fifth Amendment issues including recent cases defining the scope of Miranda and revolving around the application of the Public Safety Exception.

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


2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Conducting the Search, Tracking Strategies, and Resources
Students will learn about the mechanics of conducting various types of searches. Topics will include strategies for determining search areas, assigning search responsibilities, search team make-up, use of volunteers and search tactics including documenting search activities. Additionally the use of tactical man tracking methods and K-9 techniques will be discussed. Attention will be paid to the benefits of having an organized search team or at least a detailed pre plan of emergency actions to be taken for search and tracking in the event of an abducted child. Resources that apply to search teams will be included.


Day 3


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Conducting the Search, Tracking Strategies, and Resources (continued)


9:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Breakout Session & Scenario Exercise
Students will break down into teams utilizing ICS principals. Given specific scenario facts, students will establish a Search/Canvass command post, assign individuals responsibilities and develop a search and canvass plan to respond to the continuing abduction scenario. Based on scenario input, team will expand their search and canvass activities. Student’s teams will react to input from the scenario proctor(s) and will provide feedback for class discussion on the actions that they would take during the investigation.

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
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).​