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. and at offsite regional trainings across the country.

By the Numbers

 

359,413 

professionals have been trained by NCMEC.

 

301 

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

 

Resources

To request NCMEC training or presentations other than the opportunities already listed on this page, please complete the following request form:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCMECrequestform.

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. To make your connection, please visit:

https://ncmec.elevate.commpartners.com/

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

Chief Executive Officer Seminar on Missing & Exploited Children (CEOMEC)

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

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This three-day seminar, hosted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®, familiarizes participants with issues related to missing and exploited child cases including effective policies and practices, emerging trends, 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...

Topics

  • Missing & Exploited Children: Nature & Scope of the Problem
  • Policies & Practices for CEOs
  • Tabletop Exercise
  • Media Relations
  • Community Outreach & Prevention
  • Community-Based Multi-Disciplinary Approach
  • Community Self-Assessment & Action Planning
  • Family & Survivor Perspective
  • Family Support Resources
  • Overview of Child Sex Trafficking
  • Officer Safety and Wellness
  • NCMEC Resources

Cost

Alexandria, VA location: The cost of admittance, training materials, airfare and single occupancy lodging are covered by NCMEC.

Other locations: The cost of admittance and training materials are covered by NCMEC. Lodging cost assistance may be available.

CEOMECLA- March 17- March 19, 2020*    Lafayette, LA**

CEOMEC05 – April 28 – April 30, 2020*     Alexandria, VA

CEOMEC06 – May 12 – May 14, 2020*     Alexandria, VA

CEOMECIN- May 27- May 29, 2020*        Anderson, IN**

CEOMEC07 – June 16 – June 18, 2020*   Alexandria, VA

CEOMEC08 – July 28 – July 30, 2020 *    Alexandria, VA

*Pending DOJ approval

**This training is only open to law enforcement and PSAP who work in the state where the course is taking place. This is due to the customixed course content and direct service providers.

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.

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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 advertisements.
  •  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 work 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.

 

CSTAR21      January 28-31, 2020*     Alexandria, VA

 

*Pending DOJ approval

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.
  • Adult age progression.
  • Photo repair.

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

Questions? Contact NCMEC at 703-837-6388 or email cmcnally@ncmec.org

Course Schedule: August 19 - 23, 2019

Location: Homeland Security Investigation Principal Field Office. Fairfax, VA.

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.

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 Program (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.

Law Enforcement Agencies Apply here.

Communications/PSAPs Apply here.

Click here to see all of our program participants!

More About MKRP Membership and Training

The Missing Kids Readiness Program (MKRP) promotes best practices for taking and responding to calls of missing and sexually exploited children. Agencies meeting essential training and policy elements demonstrating preparedness for responding to missing and sexually exploited child incidents will be recognized by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® with a certificate, plaque, listing on the NCMEC website, media release template and PSAPs announced at the annual APCO conference. There are no application or membership fees, annual dues or other costs from NCMEC to participate in MKRP.

Criteria for initial MKRP membership

Law enforcement agency criteria

  • All sworn law enforcement officers must complete the Missing & Exploited Children Introductory module (MECINTRO) and MECPAT (for Patrol personnel) online law enforcement training modules.
  • Supervisors must complete the above modules and the MECSUP module.
  • Criminal investigators/detectives must complete the above modules and the MECCID module.
  • The Chief or Sheriff must complete the three-day Chief Executive Officer seminar on Missing & Exploited Children (CEOMEC)* or along with all command staff, complete the four online law enforcement modules identified above and the MECCOM (command) module.

The agency adopts the NCMEC Law Enforcement Model Policy and Procedures for Reports of Missing and Abducted Children developed with the assistance of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (or policy meeting critical components of the model policy). The agency written directives are reviewed by NCMEC staff to verify compliance.

PSAP criteria

  • All telecommunicators must complete Missing & Exploited Children Introductory module (MECINTRO) and telecommunicator (MECTEL) training modules.
  • Supervisors, Evaluators (QA/QI) and Trainers must complete the above modules and the MECSET module.
  • The PSAP director must complete the three-day Chief Executive Officer seminar on Missing & Exploited Children (CEOMEC)* or complete the three online PSAP modules identified above and the PSAP executive (MECEXEC) module.
  • The agency adopts the APCO ANSI Standard for Public Safety Telecommunicators When Responding to Calls for Missing, Abducted and Sexually Exploited Children (or policy and procedures meeting critical elements of the ANSI Standard). Directives should also state that all telecommunicators are required to receive missing and exploited child training prior to release from training. The agency written directives are reviewed by NCMEC staff to verify compliance.
  • Written directives must address quality assurance. The directive that addresses quality assurance must include the specific function/title of personnel responsible for reviewing the appropriate missing or sexually exploited child calls, the length of time after receiving the call that it will be reviewed and the procedures to be followed. Reviews should be conducted on all abduction, lost child and internet crimes against children calls and all other missing or sexually exploited child calls that generate an elevated or Atypical response. For further guidance NCMEC recommends referring to the APCO/ANSI Standard for the Establishment of a Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement Program for Public Safety Answering Points.  

*The CEOMEC seminar is primarily offered at NCMEC headquarters in Alexandria, VA with lodging and air transportation costs covered. There are a limited number of CEOMEC seminars offered regionally.

MKRP Renewal Criteria   

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

Law enforcement agency criteria

  • Chief or Sheriff has successfully completed CEOMEC or the five online law enforcement modules. If it has been more than five years since completion, the Chief or Sheriff must take it again as additional information has been added to each course.
  • Any additional sworn personnel employed, assigned or promoted since the agency became an MKRP member must complete the online law enforcement modules appropriate to their position.
  • Submit the agency’s 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

  • PSAP director has successfully completed CEOMEC or the four required online courses. If it has been more than five years since completion, the director must take it again as additional information has been added to each course.
  • Any additional telecommunicators employed, promoted or assigned as supervisors, QA/QI evaluations or Trainers since the agency became a member must complete the required online courses.
  • Submit the written directives on processing calls of missing and sexually exploited children for verification of alignment with the APCO ANSI Standard (or protocol meeting critical elements of the ANSI Standard.)

Policies

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 children. It was 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 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the Association of Public safety Communications Officials, International (APCO), the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and other stakeholders collaboratively developed this best-practice standard for telecommunicators when responding to calls regarding missing and sexually exploited children and model policies for responding to these calls. The American National Standard Institute (ANSI) recognizes these best practices as a national standard.

Download in English

Download in Spanish

Standard for the Establishment of a Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement Program for Public Safety Answering PointsThe National Center for Missing & Exploited Children requires PSAPs to address quality assurance of missing and sexually exploited child calls in order to be recognized as MKRP members. The structure and needs of each PSAP will determine specifics. The quality assurance statement should include the specific function or title of personnel responsible for reviewing the missing or sexually exploited child calls, the length of time after receiving the call that it will be reviewed, the specific call types that will be reviewed and the procedures to be followed. Use of the APCO American National Standard (ANS) is voluntary but offered as guidance.

Link to https://www.apcointl.org/standards/standards-to-download/ for Download of the APCO ANSI Standard for the Establishment of a Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement Program for Public Safety Answering Points.

Disaster Preparedness

Download a copy of the “Family Emergency Playbook" or the Spanish language version - a portable and customizable tool to help you and your family prepare for a disaster. You can also download a smaller version of the tool in the form of “Rapid Response Cards. (Spanish language version)”  In doing so, you’ll be taking a practical step in preparing your family for any type of emergency situation.

If you’d like to order copies of the Family Emergency Playbook or Rapid Response Cards, please email Joy Paluska at jepaluska@ncmec.org

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