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Leadership for Missing and Abducted Children


Explore the issues related to missing and abducted children. Learn the key components of an AMBER Alert policy, elements of a comprehensive child recovery plan, development of a memorandum of understanding with other agencies, and how to engage or disengage the media on child abduction cases.

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Designed for law enforcement managers and executives who make policy-level decisions and influence administration and implementation of AMBER Alert Plans in their agency. Training topics include: a scope and scale overview of the issues related to missing and abducted children, key components of an AMBER policy and the elements of a comprehensive child recovery plan, how to develop a memorandum of understanding with other agencies, and how to engage or disengage the media on child abduction cases. Case studies will be used to exemplify the course content and participants will have the opportunity to improve their AMBER Alert/child recovery plan through guided facilitation.

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

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Leadership for Missing and Abducted Children



Day 1


Time
Session

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


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Scope and Scale
What does current research reveal about recent incidents involving missing and abducted children? This module explores local and national trends, victim and offender profiles, the use of different classifications for missing child cases, the content of Federal statutes and related legislation, and the social ramifications associated with missing child incidents. Participants will gain a firm understanding of what they can expect to encounter when a child goes missing in their communities and how local policies and procedures can help them to successfully run an investigation.

10:30 AM - 11:30 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.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
NCMEC Resources
This National Center for Missing & Exploited Children offers a remarkably diverse array of resources to parents, children, law enforcement, and other government agencies. This presentation will highlight what local agencies need to know to bring these resources to bear in their missing and abducted child investigations.

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


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Case Study
This session takes a hard look at a real case to find out what lessons can be learned from the experiences of others. This case study will highlight the significance of each phase in an abducted missing child investigation. Participants will work through the case, look at the potential implications of activating or not activating an AMBER Alert, and will evaluate lessons learned.

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Scenario Activity
This hands-on learning experience will give participants an opportunity to work through a single incident involving an abducted child as the investigation evolves through five distinct phases. The focus will be on planning and leadership issues, with emphasis on memorandums of understanding, training, policy versus practice, resource management, and interagency cooperation. The exercise will target the role of CEOs in preparing their agencies and their communities to respond to a missing or abducted child incident.


Day 2


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
AMBER Alert - A National Overview
Do you know the 12 primary components that should be part of every AMBER Alert plan strategy? This overview of the national AMBER Alert strategy examines those 12 primary components and highlights best practice recommendations. The evolution of AMBER Alert plans across the nation will be explored by comparing plan profiles obtained first in 2003, then again in 2005. Analysis of AMBER Alert request denials conclude the discussion.

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Legal Issues
How prepared is your agency to handle the web of complicating legal issues that can arise during a missing child case? This module covers the most common issues likely to be encountered during a missing child investigation, including memorandums of understanding, resource development and preparation, the consequences of inadequate planning, policy versus practice, officer liability, use of K-9s, use of roadblocks, and use of volunteers. Potential issues involving the media will also be addressed.

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


12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Leadership Issues in Missing and Abducted Children Cases
This module will focus on issues of interest to CEOs who are evaluating their agency’s ability to respond effectively to a missing or abducted child case. Topics include the importance of memorandums of understanding, defining the role of telecommunication centers, supervising search and recovery operations, and monitoring the use of volunteers in the investigation.

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Action Planning
During the concluding exercise, participants will draft an action plan to strengthen their agency’s ability to respond to missing and abducted child cases. Each participant will use the 22-point model recovery strategy to highlight strengths and weaknesses, determine what action steps need to occur, and establish a timeline for accomplishing each task. The completed exercise will serve as the framework for each agency to more fully develop its child recovery plan.

4:30 PM - 5:00 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).​