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Training

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: 

PRPL22-4 (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

In-Person Learning

NCMEC Summit: El Paso

This first of its kind, FREE, 3-day event brings the resources of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and state and local child protection agencies to the greater El Paso area!  Join us October 4-6th, 2022 to learn about missing and sexually exploited child issues, as well as prevention and education programs. Each day will be focused on a particular topic:  

  1. October 4th: Missing Children: Issues & Response (law enforcement & child-serving professionals only)
  2. October 5th: Exploited Children: Issues & Response (law enforcement & child-serving professionals only)
  3. October 6th: Family Support & Prevention Messaging (open to all)

For the first two days, NCMEC staff will present on their various programs of work including Team Adam, Vulnerable Communities, Forensic Services, Missing Children Case Support, Child Sexual Abuse Material, and the CyberTipline to name a few! Other speakers include state and regional law enforcement, survivor advocates, and other regional partner organizations covering topics such as Gangs, Child Sex Trafficking, Interdiction Training, and the Survivor Perspective.

The third day, open to the public, will include presentations on NCMEC’s Prevention Programs, Family Support & Services, and Victim Assistance.

A light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Please click here to apply.

For more information about the agenda and details of the event, please email NCMECSummit@ncmec.org  

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.