Technical Assistance

The AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Program provides technical assistance training and services to Federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies as well as other key AMBER Alert stakeholders to increase collaboration, improve skills, and develop effective policies and practices to protect and safely recover missing, endangered, and abducted children.

Through Technical Assistance Services, we work with the requester(s) to:

  • Identify a problem
  • Address a problem already identified
  • Provide an objective evaluation of a problem
  • Develop /introduce a new program
  • Address a sensitive issue that needs an impartial outside perspective
  • Aid in examining the effects of a new statute, such as the Adam Walsh Act, policy or procedure

The AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program offers three types of Technical Assistance Services:

  1. Limited technical assistance involves working with AMBER Alert staff to locate information, materials, or a resource person who can supply information related to specific questions and/or issues.
  2. Moderate technical assistance involves the AMBER Alert staff working closely with the requester to determine the exact nature of the issue to assess whether or not more significant issues or problems exist which require further information and/or brief telephone consultation with knowledgeable resource persons.
  3. On-site training and/or long-term technical assistance is needed when the requester(s) and the AMBER Alert staff/consultants determine that the issues are significant and may require direct contact with AMBER Alert staff/consultants and/or subject matter experts.

We also offer Technical Assistance-Based Onsite Trainings which allows an agency/department to partner with us in bringing one of our AMBER Alert courses to a specific area and group of participants. Complete details on the requirements for the hosting agency are outlined in the Technical Assistance Training Request form:

Advanced Investigative Strategies for Child Abduction Cases (AISCAC)

This training is designed for investigative and supervisory professionals with direct investigative or case management responsibilities and, who have an established foundation and experience in conducting investigations involving abducted, kidnapped, exploited, or murdered children.

The training will focus on legal issues, understanding DNA as an investigative resource, and computer forensics issues in child victimization cases. Additional topics include cell phone and cell tower technologies as they relate to these complex investigations; training on the impact of human trafficking in child exploitation and the use of cold case investigative strategies; as well as methodologies for data mining and Fusion Centers information acquisition as a means of investigative lead development.

Who Should Attend:  Attendance is restricted to experienced investigative personnel. 

Length of program: 4 days

Basic Forensic Response to Missing and Abducted Children (FRMAC)

This training is designed to enhance the forensic skills of law enforcement professionals responsible for crime scene investigations including missing and abducted children cases. Topics include: pre-planning, chain of custody issues/evidence security, crime scene identification and preservation, crime mapping and photography, trace evidence, finger/palm prints, DNA/body fluids, composite sketching/forensic art and electronic evidence. Hands-on, facilitated activities will allow participants an 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, if at all possible, participants should bring with them a laptop computer containing Windows 98 or a later version. The participant's department will receive a contract with the Identi-Kit Corporation which will entitle the department to receive a license and free use of Identi-Kit software for six months. As a result of attending this training, participants will be certified Identi-Kit operators.

Who Should Attend: Law enforcement professionals including crime scene specialists, first responders, and investigators are strongly encouraged to attend.

Length of program: 2½ days

Build-A-Course

AMBER Alert courses can be combined, modified and adjusted for each organization. For example, agencies may request a modified Child Exploitation course that blends 2 days of Digital Evidence and 2 days of Prosecution Strategies. This ‘build a course’ design provides flexible and efficient training for participating agencies.

Canvassing, Search and Recovery Strategies for Abducted Children (CSRS)

This training is designed to provide Law enforcement or search personnel with the critical skills on how to conduct effective canvassing investigations and operations, as well as effective search tactics and methods to recover abducted children.

This hands-on training is limited to law enforcement personnel who have the responsibilities for conducting canvassing and search operations. This hands-on training is limited to law enforcement and search personnel who have the responsibilities for conducting canvassing and search operations.

Who Should Attend: Law enforcement and search personnel with responsibilities for conducting and managing search and/or canvassing operations involving missing or abducted children are strongly encouraged to attend.

Length of course: 2 1/2 days

Child Abduction Response Team (CART)

The Child Abduction Response Team (CART) training program is a multi-disciplinary approach to responding to a missing or abducted child incident.  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.

Who Should Attend: Attendance for this training requires a multi-disciplinary team, i.e. a team cannot be comprised only of law enforcement. Any exceptions require approval of the AMBER Alert Program Director.

Length of training program: 3½ days

Child Abduction Response Team (CART) Certification

Child Abduction Response Team (CART) Certification consists of a review of policies and protocols to include the following standards: Response Criteria, Team Composition, Notification Protocol, Communication, Command and Control, Search Operations, Training, Legal Issues, Equipment Inventory, CART Protocols, and Recovery and Reunification.  Other documents for review are organizational charts, MOUs and/or Mutual Aid Agreements and CART training records. This program also involves a mock field abduction exercise to test the proficiency and capabilities of the CART program. Teams will be evaluated in response, policy compliance, operational capacity and overall performance.  Teams successfully completing the assessment, policy compliance standards and all other certification requirements will be certified for performance by the U.S. Department of Justice.

This certification is offered on a technical assistance basis.  Request CART Certification

Who Should Attend: Attendance will be restricted to teams that have completed the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance CART training.

Child Abduction Response Team (CART) New Member

The CART Online Course for New Members will serve as initial training for new members of existing/intact CART programs. The course may also be utilized by existing CART members as a refresher/reinforcement resource. The course will cover the roles, functions and critical capacities provided by CARTs in missing and abducted child cases and will emphasize key components and action items for operational readiness of the CART in order to provide rapid, effective and comprehensive response. The course will also provide history and perspective on the impact of CART programs in these case types, and will support the new member in beginning to formulate an understanding of how to prepare for his/her role and responsibilities on the team.

The course will be offered as a fully-online, asynchronous course delivered through the FVTC Blackboard Learn Online Course System. This format will allow new members of CART programs to register for the course at any time and complete the course in accordance with their schedules and training needs, accessing the course on a 24/7 basis once their enrollment as been approved.

Pre-Requisites: Registrants for this course must be either a new or existing member of a CART program that has completed the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program's onsite CART course.

Child Abduction Search Tactics – Field Course

This two day course will give the student an in-depth look at what is required to successfully investigate a child abduction case. The students will create standard operation procedures while attending this course. Students 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 and/or a detailed pre plan of emergency actions to be taken for search and tracking in the event of an abducted child.

Who Should Attend: Law enforcement and search personnel with responsibilities for conducting and managing search and/or canvassing operations involving missing or abducted children are strongly encouraged to attend.

Length of course: 2 days

Child Abduction Tabletop Exercise

This one day exercise is designed to test the organization’s ability to respond to and conduct an initial investigation and search for a missing or abducted child using the Incident Command System (ICS), while employing appropriate strategies and responses in mitigating and resolving the emergency. The goal is to build a level of cohesiveness within the investigative team while working to respond to the emergency. Participants will take part in a multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional tabletop exercise built around a realistic abduction scenario. Participants will work through initial deployment, response, investigation, recovery and reunification procedures utilizing appropriate local resources.

Tabletop exercises are developed and delivered utilizing Department of Homeland Security - The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) doctrine and may be used to fulfill DHS exercise requirements for the participating organization(s).

Who Should Attend: Law enforcement, social services, prosecutors, probation/parole, search personnel law enforcement managers and executives are strongly encouraged to attend this training.

Length of course: 1 day

Child Sex Trafficking: Law Enforcement Response

This training is designed to provide law enforcement investigators, human trafficking task force members and social service providers with the information necessary to properly understand, recognize, and investigate cases involving child sex trafficking and exploitation. Modules include a focus on the survivor's perspective and changing perceptions regarding trafficking victims.

Participants and instructors will delve deep into the dynamics of trafficking and exploitation to improve their skills related to interviewing the victim and interrogating the trafficker. Further, participants will receive instruction on tactical implementation designed to identify human trafficking and exploitation, conduct enforcement operations as well as the roles of non-profits, probation and parole.

Who Should Attend: Law enforcement investigators, human trafficking task force members, social service providers, prosecutors, and NPO/NGOs are strongly encouraged to attend.

Length of program: 3 days

Digital Evidence

This course is designed to provide the first responder, investigator and investigative supervisor in child abduction, exploitation and child sex trafficking cases with information to improve their capacity and capabilities to conduct digital evidence preservation, collection and analysis and to provide a better understanding of the role this type of digital evidence plays in the investigation.

Who Should Attend: Investigative personnel for law enforcement, first responders and other government-related child protection agencies are strongly encouraged to attend.

Length of program: 3 days

Interview and Interrogation in Child Exploitation Cases

This course will focus on Advanced Interview and Interrogation Techniques to be used in Child Exploitation Cases. Participants will discuss an organized approach to interviews and interrogation strategies that are developed through research and preparation. Modules will identify the role that cultural issues bring to the interview and interrogation room; legal considerations that the investigator must account for during the interview and interrogation; the dynamics of the interview process and how to detect deception. Participants will be presented with a case study where the outcome hinged on a successful interview and interrogation.

Who Should Attend: Law enforcement, Social services, Prosecutors, Probation/Parole responsible for conducting interview and interrogation

Length of program: 3 days

Investigative Strategies for Child Abduction Cases (ISCAC)

This training is designed to provide law enforcement investigators and investigative supervisors with the information necessary to properly understand, recognize, and investigate cases involving missing and abducted children.

Participants will get an overview covering scope and scale issues related to missing and abducted children as well as available resources. Participants will become familiar with how to manage a missing or abducted child case including initial response as well as an overview of interviewing and interrogation techniques. The training then delves deeper as participants explore crime scene evidence collection and processing, profiling suspects and legal issues including search warrants and interrogation related to a missing or abducted child.

Who Should Attend: Investigative personnel for law enforcement and other government-related child protection agencies are strongly encouraged to attend.

Length of program: 4 days

Leadership for Missing and Abducted Children (LMAC)

This course is designed for law enforcement managers and executives who make policy-level decisions and influence administration and implementation of AMBER Alert Plans in their agency. Topics that will be covered in this course will 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.

Who Should Attend: Law enforcement managers and executives. 

Length of program: 2 days

Leadership for Missing and Abducted Children in Tribal Communities

This training program will focus on developing policy and programs that protect children in tribal communities from threats which include abduction, exploitation, trafficking, technology facilitated crime and other threats to the safety of the Native American child. Topics will include an overview of the extent of victimization of Native American and Alaskan Native Children, policy development, best practices for child protection programs, accessing state, federal and local resources, planning and program oversight as well as cultural considerations relevant to community programs

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.

Length of program: 1 day

Major Case Investigative Teams (MCIT)

A major case investigative team is a collaborative effort involving multiple law enforcement agencies within adjacent or overlapping jurisdictions. Similar to a task force, however the MCIT focuses on major crimes such as homicides and violent crimes, and as determined by the governing agencies. A major case investigative team allows for the concentration of investigative resources beyond the capabilities of any individual agency with the common goals of higher case resolution and increased public safety.

Length of program: 4 days

Multi-Disciplinary Response to High Risk Victims

This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to construct a multi-disciplinary response to high risk victims. Participants will learn how to quantify the problem of sex trafficking locally, define the high risk victim and the correlation and commonalities between the chronic runaway, repeat victims of sexual abuse, and the child victimized through sex trafficking as well as effective interview techniques when working with these victims. Participants will learn about a 5-point strategy to combat the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), and engage in a group exercise to develop their own local response for child victims of sex trafficking.

Who Should Attend: Law enforcement investigators, human trafficking task force members, social service providers, prosecutors, and NPO/NGOs are strongly encouraged to attend.

Length of course: 2 days

Patrol First Response for Missing and Abducted Children 

This 100% online course is designed to provide law enforcement patrol officers with basic/entry-level information and operational resources to effectively handle first response functions in the critical, early stages of incidents involving missing and abducted children. The course is delivered through Fox Valley Technical College's Blackboard Online Learning System and is designed to be completed in a self-directed manner. The content is delivered across four modules and is designed to require a total of 1.5 hours to complete.

Telecommunications Best Practices for Missing and Abducted Children

This 100% online course is designed to provide tools and training which promote swift and decisive response in the critical, early stages of incidents involving missing and abducted children. The course is delivered through Fox Valley Technical College's Blackboard Online Learning System and is designed to be completed in a self-directed manner. The content is delivered across five modules and is designed to require a total of 5-6 hours to complete.

The course includes content designated for the following public safety and law enforcement roles:

  • Front-Line Telecommunications Personnel (call-taking, unit dispatch, NCIC and records management)
  • Front-line Law Enforcement Officers who provide field first-response and/or who work closely with the Communications Center (shift management, NCIC, records)

TELMAC Train the Trainer Module

This 2-hour online module is designed to provide law enforcement and public safety telecommunications center supervisors and training coordinators with additional training and application information and resources in follow-up to the Telecommunications Best Practices for Missing and Abducted Children (TELMAC) online course. The module is delivered through the Fox Valley Technical College Blackboard Online Learning System and is designed to be completed in a self-directed manner.

 

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