Effective January 2014, the highly successful AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program will cease to deliver training on a "regional basis;" however will be moving to a dynamic new training delivery system. The new training delivery system calls for all course programs included on the website below be hosted by local, regional, state and tribal law enforcement training academies, and agencies or organizations interesting in hosting training. Through these partnerships, training academies and agencies will host one or more of the training programs (or select the "build-a-course" option). What will not change is the caliber and quality of training programs and instructors offered to law enforcement agencies, public safety agencies and non-profit organizations.
Our mission remains the same, to safely recover missing, endangered, or abducted children through the coordinated efforts of law enforcement, media, transportation, and other partners by using training and technology to enhance response capacities and capabilities and increase public participation. We encourage you to collaborate with your law enforcement, public safety, non-profit partners to identify your training needs and complete the online technical assistance request form to bring training to your community. Direct cost of the training delivery (instructors expenses, training material and logistics support) remain the responsibility of the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program. Hosting agencies or organizations will be requested to assist in marketing and outreach, providing an appropriate venue, and on-site coordination.
A wide range of training and technical assistance is available to support enhancement of the AMBER Alert program.
This course is designed to enhance the forensic skills of law enforcement professionals responsible for crime scene investigations including missing and abducted children cases. Topics covered include: pre-planning, chain of custody issues/evidence security, crime scene identification and preservation, crime mapping and photography, trace evidence, fingerprints/palm prints, DNA/body fluids, composite sketching/forensic art and electronic evidence. Hands-on, facilitated activities will give the participants a chance to try some of the techniques taught in class.
One module of this program 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 program, participants will be certified Identi-Kit operators. Length of program is 2½ days.
Target audience: Law enforcement professionals including crime scene specialists, first responders, and investigators.
This course is designed to provide law enforcement investigative and supervisory 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 course of training will be limited to law enforcement personnel who have the responsibilities for conducting canvassing and search operations. Length of course is 2½ days.
Target Audience: Law enforcement personnel with responsibilities for conducting and managing search and/or canvassing operations involving missing or abducted children.
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 incident.
Applications will be evaluated based upon meeting the requirements of the multi-disciplinary team composition; the stated goals and objectives of the team; and the commitment of the team and CEO(s) to launch and maintain a CART. Length of training program is 3½ days.
Target audience: Attendance for this program requires at least 4 team members from varying disciplines, i.e. a team cannot be comprised only of law enforcement, and a recommended maximum of 12 members. Any exceptions require approval of the AMBER Alert Program Director.
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
Target Audience: Attendance will be restricted to teams that have completed the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance CART training.
This course 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. Finally, participants will receive instruction on tactical implementation designed to identifying human trafficking, and exploitation, conduct enforcement operations as well as the roles of non profits, probation and parole. Length of program 3 days.
Target Audience: Law enforcement investigators, human trafficking task force members, social service providers, prosecutors, NPO/NGOs
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. Length of program is 3 days.
Target Audience: Law enforcement, Social services, Prosecutors, Probation/Parole responsible for conducting interview and interrogation
This course 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 course 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. Length of program is 4 days.
Target audience: Attendance should be investigative
personnel for law enforcement and other government-related child
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. Length of program is 2 days.
Target audience: Law enforcement managers and executives.
This training program 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. Participants must have an established experiential base to attend. The course will focus on legal issues, understanding D.N.A. 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. Length of program is 4 days.
Target audience: Attendance is restricted to experienced investigative personnel.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us.
Phil Keith, Program Director
AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program
A U.S. Department of Justice Initiative
Office of Justice Programs
Fox Valley Technical College