Professional Training & Resources
Professional Training & Resources

Overview

NCMEC provides training, technical assistance, and resources to law enforcement personnel and others who investigate crimes against children, specifically cases of missing and exploited children.

NCMEC hosts traditional classroom training sessions at its headquarters in Alexandria, VA., offsite regional trainings across the country as well as online courses through the NCMEC University Online program.

By the Numbers

Resources

NCMEC University Online

NCMEC University Online offers free training courses to law enforcement, child serving professionals, and private security professionals regarding various aspects of missing and sexually exploited children cases.

To access online courses and materials through NCMEC University Online, please complete the application.

Questions? Contact NCMEC at 703-838-8385 or elearning@ncmec.org.

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Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives

This two-day seminar familiarizes participants with issues related to missing children cases including sound policies and practices, technical assistance, training and available resources.

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This two day seminar, hosted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®, familiarizes participants with issues related to missing child cases including effective policies and practices, technical assistance, training and available resources. Participants are expected to attend all training segments and complete an evaluation form.

This course is designed for chiefs, sheriffs, 911 directors and clearinghouse managers. Only applicants in these positions will be considered.

13.5 hours of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification is available for all attending Virginia law enforcement officers.

Topics

  • Missing children: nature of the problem.
  • Policies and practices for CEOs.
  • Strategy development
  • Media issues and use.
  • Community self-assessment.
  • Training and resources.
  • Survivor impact. 

 


Cost

On-site/Alexandria, VA: The cost of admittance, training materials, airfare and single occupancy lodging are covered while attending classes at NCMEC headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

Off-site: The cost of admittance and training materials are covered by NCMEC. Unless otherwise noted, limited lodging and travel assistance is available on a first come first serve basis. If you need to request travel assistance, please indicate this on your application.

The online equivalent of this course, MCDR-2, is also available through our distance learning program, NCMEC University online.

Currently pending DOJ approval. Please check back soon.

Exploited Children Seminar for Chief Executives

This two-day seminar familiarizes participants with issues related to exploited child cases including effective policies and practices, technical assistance, training and available resources.. Apply

 

This two day seminar, hosted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®, familiarizes participants with issues related to exploited child cases including effective policies and practices, technical assistance, training and available resources. Participants are expected to attend all training segments and complete an evaluation form.
This course is designed specifically for chiefs and sheriffs. Only applicants in these positions will be considered.

13 hours of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification is available for all attending Virginia law enforcement officers.

Topics

  •  Exploitation of Children: Nature and Scope of the Problem.
  •  Offender Characteristics.
  •  Child Pornography and Relationship to Child Exploitation.
  •  Investigative Responses and Challenges.
  •  Survivor Perspective
  •  Overview of Child Sex Trafficking.
  •  Officer Safety and Wellness.
  •  Department Liability.
  •  NCMEC Resources.
  •  Prevention Programs – International, State, Federal, Private.

Cost

On-site/Alexandria, VA: The cost of admittance, training materials, airfare and single occupancy lodging are covered while attending classes at NCMEC headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

Off-site: The cost of admittance and training materials are covered by NCMEC. Unless otherwise noted, limited lodging and travel assistance is available on a first come first serve basis. If you need to request travel assistance, please indicate this on your application.

Currently pending DOJ approval. Please check back soon.

Child Sex Trafficking: Awareness & Response (CSTAR)

This three-and-a-half-day training focuses on the multitude of issues regarding child sex trafficking cases and the unique dynamics associated with this population. Apply

 

This three and a half day training, hosted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®, focuses on the multitude of issues regarding child sex trafficking cases and the unique dynamics associated with this population. Participants are expected to attend all training segments and complete an evaluation form.

Topics

  • Scope of problem.
  •  State and Federal legal issues.
  •  Coordinating case services.
  •  Interviewing child sex trafficking victims.
  •  Investigating online adverstisements.
  •  Role of technology in child sex trafficking cases.
  •  Identifying gang controlled victims.
  •  Presenting evidence during an interview.
  •  Interdiction model.
  •  Survivor's perspective.
  •  Adolescent development & victim vulnerabilities.
  •  Federal resources assistance.
  •  Local services provider functions.

Audience

This training is only open to any law enforcement or prosecutor who lives in the state in which the course is taking place. This is due to the customized course content specific to state laws and direct service providers. As new training locations are determined, they will be listed in the course schedule below.

 

Cost

The cost of admittance and training materials are covered while attending classes.

 

Currently pending DOJ approval, please check back soon.

Forensic Imaging Training

NCMEC offers a one week training course in forensic imaging techniques. The course is offered free of charge to law enforcement artists and individuals who have a contractual relationship with a recognized law enforcement agency. 

 

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The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in partnership with The FBI Violent Crimes Against Children Section are offering a 40 hour training course in forensic imaging techniques. This course is offered at no cost to qualified law enforcement forensic artists. Participants in this course can expect to learn invaluable forensic imaging techniques proven successful by experienced forensic artists. Students will work on actual unidentified deceased cases and be able to compare their work with the deceased images. Students will also learn photographic manipulation techniques applicable in today’s law enforcement arena.

Requirement
Applicant must have experience using Adobe Photoshop.

Topics
Topics you will cover include:

  • Photographic manipulation techniques.
  • Facial reconstruction techniques.
  • Age regression techniques.
  • Adult age progression.
  • Photo repair.

Cost
The sending agency is responsible for all costs associated with attending this course.

Currently pending DOJ approval, please check back soon.

Missing & Exploited Children: What Security Professionals Need to Know

This training provides critical information for security professionals to help them recognize, observe, and properly report incidents or circumstances of missing, abducted and/or sexually exploited children. Apply

Missing & Exploited Children: What Security Professionals Need to Know is an online training course for the private security industry. Through this course, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children now has the ability to dramatically increase the reach of law enforcement and the numbers of eyes and ears across the nation protecting children.

The training provides critical information for security professionals to help them recognize, observe, and properly report incidents or circumstances of missing, abducted and/or sexually exploited children.

The course development process for Missing & Exploited Children: What Security Professionals Need to Know was extensive. The content review team was made up of security company executives, law enforcement personnel and subject matter experts within NCMEC.

In addition, more than 200 security industry professionals and law enforcement personnel participated in pilots hosted by Covenant Aviation Security and G4S, providing critical feedback to help fine-tune the end product.

How to take this training course

If you are a private security professional, and are interested in completing this training, please check your company's online training portal to see if the course is available to you.

How to implement this training for your employees

If you are a security company executive and would like to implement this training for all of your employees, please email elearning@ncmec.org for additional instructions.

Missing Kids Readiness Project (MKRP)

This program promotes best practices for responding to calls of missing, abducted and sexually exploited children. Agencies will be recognized by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® for meeting essential training and policy elements demonstrating preparedness for responding to a missing child incident. Apply

The Missing Kids Readiness Program promotes best practices for responding to calls of missing, abducted and sexually exploited children. Agencies will be recognized by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® for meeting essential training and policy elements demonstrating preparedness for responding to a missing child incident.

Criteria

Your law enforcement agency or Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) can become part of the Missing Kids Readiness Program by meeting the following criteria: 

Law enforcement agency criteria                            

  1.  Chief or Sheriff completes CEO or MCDR-2 training.
  2. Sworn personnel completes MCDR-1 training.
  3. Agency adopts Law-Enforcement Model Policy (or policy meeting critical components of the model policy.) 


PSAP criteria

  1.  PSAP manager completes CEO or MCDR-2 training.
  2.  Telecommunicators complete MCDR-1 or Telecommunications Best Practices for Missing and Abducted Children training.
  3.  Agency adopts ANSI Standard (or protocol meeting critical elements of the ANSI Standard.)

Renewal Criteria

Your membership to the Missing Kids Readiness Program is valid for a period of five (5) years. During your fifth year as a member, you must meet the following criteria in order to remain a member. Failing to complete the renewal process will result in forfeiting your membership and your agency will be removed from the member page.

Law enforcement agency criteria

  1.  Chief or Sheriff has successfully completed CEO or MCDR-2 training. If it has been more than five (5) years since completion, the Chief or Sheriff must take it again as additional information has been added to each course.
  2.  Any additional telecommunicators employed by your agency since becoming a member must complete MCDR-1 training.
  3.  Resubmit missing children’s policy to ensure it still aligns with the  Law-Enforcement Model Policy  (or policy meeting critical components of the model policy.)

PSAP criteria

  1. PSAP manager has successfully completed CEO or MCDR-2 training. If it has been more than five (5) years since completion, the manager must take it again as additional information has been added to each course.
  2.  Any additional telecommunicators employed by your agency since becoming a member must complete MCDR-1 training.
  3.  Resubmit missing children’s policy to ensure it still aligns with the ANSI Standard (or protocol meeting critical elements of the ANSI Standard.)

Policy

Law-Enforcement Policy and Procedures for Reports of Missing and Abducted Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children developed this model policy for law enforcement when responding to reports of missing and abducted children. It was originally developed with the assistance of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Model Policy

Model Policy (MS Word)


Standard for Public Safety Telecommunicators when Responding to Calls of Missing, Abducted, and Sexually Exploited Children

The Missing Kids Readiness Program's founding members collaboratively developed this best-practice standard for telecommunicators when responding to calls regarding missing, abducted and sexually exploited children and model policies for responding to these calls. ANSI recognized this series of best practices as a national standard.

Download in English

Download in Spanish

Quality assurance

Including a section in your policy about quality assurance is essential. The structure and needs of your jurisdiction will determine if it will be an individual section in your agency's policy or a short statement within another section. The quality assurance statement should include the name or specific title of personnel responsible for reviewing the missing or abducted child calls, the length of time after receiving the call that it will be reviewed and the process to be followed. It should also state that not only will the current personnel be trained, but all future new employees will be required to receive missing and exploited child training.

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This form is currently undergoing revisions. Please contact MKRP@ncmec.org for any immediate concerns.The Missing Kids Readiness Program promotes best practices for responding to calls of missing, abducted and sexually exploited children. Agencies will be recognized by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® for meeting essential training and policy elements demonstrating preparedness for responding to a missing child incident.

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Disaster Preparedness

NCMEC has been authorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to operate the National Emergency Child Locator Center (NECLC). The NECLC is activated in cases of presidentially-declared states of emergency in order to help unify children and parents who become separated during the emergency.

Additionally, NCMEC operates an Unaccompanied Minors Registry. This registry:

  •  Provides a place for emergency management agencies, law enforcement, shelter staff, hospital employees and other organizations to report minors in their care during disasters.
  • Accepts reports of children up to 18 who have been separated from their parents, legal guardians or other relatives.
  • Allows shelters, hospitals and other agencies managing a large number of unaccompanied children to upload entire lists of names at once.

When a person makes a report to the Unaccompanied Minors Registry it goes directly to NCMEC’s Call Center. A case will be opened for the child and information will be passed on to field resources on the ground.

Download NCMEC's How to Plan For a Disaster Tip Sheet.

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Training attendees are frequently impressed by their experience at NCMEC.

"One of the best seminars I have ever been to. Tons of information to take back and start implementing. It will make a difference in the Poplar Bluff Police Department and the community as a whole." - Chief Danny Whitely, Poplar Bluff Police Department

"This was the best organized training program I have ever experienced. This was excellent and useful training that will have an impact on how our agency handles missing children cases. I am anxious to implement the many things that I learned at this seminar." - Chief John Pritchard, Herington Police Department

"Great training seminar. One of the best I have attended in my 26 year law-enforcement career." - Chief Troy McDuffie, Spring Lake Police Department