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Training

Special note: Due to COVID-19 prevention efforts, all in-person classroom trainings are pending U.S. DOJ approval.

Overview

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) is committed to providing training, technical assistance and resources to public safety and child-serving professionals.

NCMEC hosts in-person classroom training sessions in its state-of-the-art Walsh Training Center located in our Alexandria, VA headquarters, as well as facilities located across the country at our regional offices and partner agencies. Online courses are available through NCMEC CONNECT, designed to provide easy access to training and resources for professionals on the frontlines.

Contact NCMEC training staff via email, training@ncmec.org

By the Numbers

367,460

professionals have been trained by NCMEC

313

Law Enforcement Agencies and PSAPs are recognized by the Missing Kids Readiness Program

Professionals in
all 50 states and 

33 countries

have been trained by NCMEC.

Online Learning

NCMEC CONNECT

NCMEC CONNECT is your virtual gateway to on-demand trainings, resources and best practices related to missing and exploited children. Access our learning platform to build your knowledge set around these issues to better protect children in your community. 

Read the NCMEC CONNECT User Guide & FAQs

  • Virtual Discussions
  • Missing & Exploited Children for 9-1-1
  • Missing & Exploited Children for Law Enforcement
  • NCMEC Resources
  • Resource Library
  • Teaching Online Safety
  • Trending Topics

Hybrid Learning

(Combination of online and classroom)

Protect. Reduce. Prevent: Executive Leadership Series on Missing & Exploited Children

This course is designed for executives of law enforcement agencies and emergency communications centers, as well as clearinghouse managers. Learners can choose between an all online format or a hybrid format of online learning combined with a two-day face-to-face training at NCMEC headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

This learning series will familiarize participants with issues related to missing and sexually exploited child cases. It will provide attendees effective policies and practices, emerging trends, technical assistance, and best practice resources for responding to calls of missing and sexually exploited children.

Click here to view the PRPL course one pager.


PRPL Series Class Dates: 

PRPL22-1 (online):                     April 6 – May 17

PRPL22-2 (hybrid):                     June 7-8

PRPL22-3 (hybrid):                     September 20-21

PRPL22-4 (online):                     October 5 - Nov 15

Cancellations

All courses are subject to approval by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). NCMEC makes every reasonable effort to ensure the courses are held on the advertised dates. Low enrollment or delayed approval from DOJ may cause a course to be postponed or cancelled.

Topics Covered: 

  • Missing Children and Vulnerable Populations
  • Exploited Children and Current Trends 
  • Child Sex Trafficking 
  • Community-Based Multi-Disciplinary Teams 
  • Legal Issues 
  • Digital and Social Media Relations 
  • Federal Resources 
  • Family and Survivor Impact 
  • Responder Resilience and Wellness
  • Case Scenario and Community Action Planning 

Costs: 

The cost of admittance and training materials are covered by NCMEC.

PRPL Course Prerequisites:  

• Applicants must be an active command/senior manager/senior staff member of a law enforcement agency, emergency communications center or state missing clearinghouse.  

• Complete nine learning modules that provide a foundational understanding of NCMEC’s role as a national clearinghouse and resource center. View all prerequisite courses.

• Complete Missing Kids Readiness Program (MKRP) learning modules that provide best practices for taking and responding to calls of missing and sexually exploited children.

• Continuing Education Credits: The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) has certified the online PRPL cohorts for 11 hours of nationally certified advanced/in-service training. NCMEC does not automatically provide continuing educational credits (CEU) to participants. Upon successful completion of the PRPL online training program, NCMEC will provide a training certificate that contains class name, date/location, and hours of the training. Learning objectives, course agendas, and instructor information are available upon request. It is the responsibility of the participants to work with their accrediting/certifying agencies to obtain continuing educational units. NCMEC will provide reasonable assistance and documentation to assist participants in obtaining CEUs. Please contact us at training@ncmec.org with any questions concerning this information.



• Preview PRPL Online Agenda

Preview PRPL Hybrid Agenda

Emerging Trends - Texas

Emerging Trends - Texas

This training brings the most current data and best practices for missing and exploited children to you! Through a combination of online and in-person learning, these advanced training programs will focus on three unique topics that require specialized response: 

1. Child Sexual Abuse Material (law enforcement only) 

2. Child Sex Trafficking (law enforcement only) 

3. Children Missing from Care (law enforcement and child welfare professionals) 

Launching this year in Texas, participants will learn cutting-edge information about child victimization alongside advanced and state-specific strategies for how to respond to these cases, and how to support victims with the latest tools and techniques available. 

Requirements

For each topic, learners must complete approximately two hours of online learning as a pre-requisite for attending the one-day, in-person training that will focus on advanced and regionalized strategies. Detailed course information will be provided once registration is approved.

Training Dates: (NOTE: Training programs are law enforcement only, unless otherwise specified.)

San Antonio

7/19/22 Child Sexual Abuse Material 

7/20/22 Child Sex Trafficking

7/21/22 Children Missing from Care (Open to LE & CW professionals)

Brownsville

8/16/22 Child Sexual Abuse Material

8/17/22 Child Sex Trafficking

8/18/22 Children Missing from Care (Open to LE & CW professionals)

 

This training series is funded in part through a grant from the Public Safety Office of the Texas Office of the Governor. Neither the Office of the Governor nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this training (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).

Classroom Learning

Coming in 2023!

Forensic Imaging Training

NCMEC in partnership with The FBI Violent Crimes Against Children Section are offering a 40-hour training course in 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.

This course is open to qualified law enforcement forensic artists with experience using Adobe Photoshop.


Topics Covered:

  • Photographic Manipulation Techniques
  • Facial Reconstruction Techniques
  • Adult Age Progression>
  • Photo Repair

Costs:

The cost of admittance and training materials are covered by NCMEC.

Forensic Imaging Training Dates: 

All classes have been canceled through 2021.

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

Organizational Training Programs

Missing Kids Readiness Program

MKRP promotes best practices for responding to calls of missing, abducted and sexually exploited children. Agencies will be recognized by the NCMEC for meeting essential training and policy elements demonstrating preparedness for responding to a missing child incident.

Code Adam

Code Adam is a safety protocol for lost and potentially abducted children. It is designed to help businesses, parks, government buildings and other establishments ensure that they have safety protocols in place to respond quickly and effectively to situations involving a missing child.

Training Request

Complete this form to request NCMEC representation at your training or conference event.

If you are interested in hosting a NCMEC training program, submit your request here.

Publications

Download publications related to the issues of missing children, child sexual exploitation, and safety and prevention.