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2 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Forming a Child Abduction Response Team: The Utah AG CART Experience Charles Lindbergh Jr. Overview Child Abduction History Timeline History of CART Carlie Brucia Florida’s First CART Activation Florida success & problems Utah Attorney General’s CART Building a CART Hser Ner Moo CART Activation CART Incident Command Structure CART Components Search Coordinator Venue Case Agent Investigation Coordinator Prosecutors Intelligence Coordinator CART Resources CART Partners Utah CART Future

3 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Overview Child abductions – Last 30 years Jay Etheridge and the History of CART Utah Attorney General CART How to form a CART Hser Ner Moo abduction Utah CART today

4 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited 1979 Etan Kalil Patz – May 25, 1979 Lower Manhattan, NY National Missing Children’s Day established

5 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited 1981 Adam Walsh - July 27, 1981 Hollywood, Florida August 10, 1981 Adam Walsh Law, Code Adam, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

6 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited 1982 Johnny Gosch - September 5, 1982 West Des Moines, Iowa Prompted law mandating immediate police response on missing children, NCMEC

7 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited 1984 National Center for Missing Exploited Children formally launched Clearinghouse for resources and information

8 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited 1996 Amber Hagerman - January 13, 1996 Arlington, Texas AMBER Alert System, National Sex Offender Registry

9 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited 2002 Utah Rachael Alert created, name for Rachel Runyan (kidnapped and killed in 1982, still an active Utah AG cold case investigation) Name changed to Utah AMBER Alert

10 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited 2002 Elizabeth Smart abduction First Utah Rachael/AMBER Alert Helped Jay Etheridge conceive of CART concept as he watched TV news reports

11 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited HISTORY OF CART Jay Etheridge - Florida Department of Law Enforcement Saw response in high profile cases (Elizabeth Smart-2002) Gathered experts Identified resources & best practices

12 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Florida’s 1 st CART activation October CART became a reality 7 year old female disappeared from her home CART activated at 8:00 AM 9:20 AM, 47 members of CART were on the scene Kidnapper, 19-year-old neighbor

13 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited CART investigators already interviewed him once and was preparing for second interview Citizens found the girl emerging from the woods, naked and alive Child had been raped and beaten CART successfully brought a child home

14 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Was Florida’s CART successful? Appropriately massive police response Community awareness instantly created Pressure on suspect Investigation moved quickly Child found quickly Child found alive and returned home

15 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Early challenges to Florida’s CART Layers of bureaucracy - many agencies involved Territoriality among police agencies “Swooping in and taking over”- seen as a competitor instead of a “toolbox” Division of resources Large egos

16 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Florida’s CART CART activated 13 times 11 of 13 children were brought home alive Received NCMEC national recognition for the CART concept

17 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited U.S. Justice Department launches the Child Abduction Response Team concept nationally $1.5 Million in federal training funding Goal to start 10 programs nationwide

18 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited UTAH Attorney General’s CART General Shurtleff took leadership role in establishing a CART Chief Ken Wallentine & Lt. Jessica Farnsworth brainstorm at national training August 26, Utah AG CART launched as part of the AG Investigation Division

19 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Forming a CART Study previous kidnappings – what worked? What didn’t? Interview those on scene – LEOs, public, media, support staff Talk to family members of victim Identify all resources (staff/equipment) needed in an abduction investigation and get them! Public involved to assist you with resources and equipment Learn from our mistakes

20 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Delegate assignments Criteria for activation Deployment plan MOU’s Policy and procedure manual Resource manual Assignment checklist Equipment centralized Training - mock activations Proper marketing

21 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Individual CART Members Select based on –Commitment to saving kids –Integrity –Specialized training & experience –Team player –Ownership of assignment –Highly motivated

22 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Agencies’ CART inputs Commitment Supportive of CART members from the respective agency MOU signed Financial commitment –Overtime costs –Travel in some cases –Time away from other duties

23 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Status on March 31, Utah Attorney General CART Members 13 agencies involved Basic training completed Table-top mock activation recently done Equipment purchased through local grants and donations MOU’s signed

24 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Hser Ner Moo Abduction :55 PM CART contacted 10:05 PM CART activated 10:30 PM CART members on scene (25 min.) Incident Command Center set-up

25 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Utah CART activation Victim advocate sent to victim’s home Investigators/crime lab sent to victim’s home 179 sex offenders identified within a 2 mile radius

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27 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Neighborhood searches by trained volunteers Investigative leads collated and managed Classmates interviewed Surveillance cameras scanned K-9 resources

28 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Hser Ner Moo’s body found in neighbor’s apartment Suspect apprehended quickly

29 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Developmentally challenged child disappeared after school “Preemptive” CART activation preceded AMBER Alert Team rapidly deployed Child recovered safe Robyn Atkinson CART activation

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31 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited LOGISTICS COORDINATOR COMPUTER IT: Maintains computer equipment at Incident Command Center and Volunteer Location. CART NETWORK SERVER: Sets up the CART network server, data base computers, and obtaining remote internet access for Intelligence Division. VERIZON LEO CELL PHONES: Establishes up LEO Lines (land or cell) for Intelligence Division and LEO Line for Volunteer Venue. Also in charge of activating/deactivating air cards for laptops. Return to Chart FF

32 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited DISPATCHER:. Assists venue LEO agency with setting up appropriate tip-line/Amber Alert/etc. RESOURCES: Maintains resource book and provides resources as needed during activation. LOCATIONS: Identifies and negotiates for locations for mobile command centers, Incident Command Center, volunteers, media, etc. FOOD/SHELTER: Directs logistics of food/water/shelter to LEO’s and food/water for volunteers. Return to Chart FF

33 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited SEARCH COORDINATOR VOLUNTEER CORDINATOR: Supervisor over the volunteer venue. Responsible for getting all pertinent information forwarded to the SEARCH supervisor and the Intelligence Unit. USEARCH: Directs all volunteers and organize volunteer search groups. i.e., vests for volunteers, appropriate background checks, etc. MAPS: Creates and provides search maps from the Intelligence Unit for the volunteers and update the Intelligence Unit and Volunteer Coordinator on areas searched. Return to Chart FF

34 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited VIDEO: Provides an orientation video and Q & A for volunteers. BRIEF: Briefs volunteers before they start searching. DEBRIEFING: Debriefs volunteers when they return and gathers documentation from them. BCI COMPUTERS: Manages computers and air cards at the Volunteer Venue. BCI: Supervises 20 BCI employees. BCI performs all criminal backgrounds on civilian volunteers. All criminal histories results are provided to the BCI LEO. Return to Chart FF

35 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited BCI LEO: Notifies volunteers who have been cleared and dismisses volunteers with criminal histories. LEO LINE: Monitors the LEO line from volunteers searching in the field. Makes command decision to send police (or not) to the particular area. K-9 OFFICERS LEO SEARCH COORDINATOR: Coordinates all the police grid/canvass /searches (neighborhoods, businesses, vehicles, etc) that are completed by the search teams and search teams subgroups. SEARCH TEAM LEADER: Ensures that all the grid/canvass/ searches are thorough and that documentation is completed. All documentation is reviewed by LEO Volunteer Coordinator and forwarded to the SEARCH Coordinators and the Intelligence Unit. Return to Chart FF

36 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited NCMEC TEAM ADAM: Search/Investigation Consultants/NCMEC Liaisons/etc. SPECIALIZED SEARCH: Supervisor over the specialized searches. Forward results to SEARCH Coordinator and Intelligence Unit. HOME-FBI, LOCAL, US MARSHAL, CART: Searches the child’s home. Group of 5 local, state and federal officers. ¼ MILE-FBI, LOCAL, US MARSHAL, CART: Searches homes and interviews occupants who live within ¼ mile area of child’s home. Group of approximately 20 local, state and federal officers. 1 ½ MILE-FBI, LOCAL, US MARSHAL, and CART: Searches homes and interviews occupants who live within 1 ½ mile area of child’s home. Group of approximately 20 local, state and federal officers. Return to Chart FF

37 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited VENUE CASE AGENT Commands the investigation and works closely with the Investigation Coordinator. Venue agent also pairs with CART/FBI investigators to interview family/witnesses/suspects/persons of interest. Return to Chart FF

38 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited INVESTIGATION COORDINATOR SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS: Gathers documentation from private and public surveillance cameras in the area of the abduction and/or from any leads. SEX OFFENDER CORDINATOR: Directs police groups who are interviewing and searching registered sex offenders’ homes. SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY: Identifies all registered sex offenders in the area and informs the Sex Offender Coordinator. SEX OFFENDER INVESTIGATORS: Investigation teams made up of sex crime investigators who interview and search all registered sex offender’s homes. Return to Chart FF

39 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited INVESTIGATORS INTERVIEWING FAMILY/WITNESSES: A team of investigators (FBI & CART) who partner with the venue agent to interview family/witnesses/suspects/person of interest. SUBJECT: Works with the venue case agent and team of investigators. Main focus is interviewing subjects/persons of interest/suspect. VICTIMOLOGY-TIMELINE: Works with the venue case agent and team of investigators. Main focus is interviewing all witnesses that had access to the child prior to the abduction. This includes child’s classmates and friends. WITNESSES: Works with the venue case agent and team of investigators. Main focus is interviewing witnesses. VICTIM ADVOCATE: Liaison between family and police. Provides needed services for family. Return to Chart FF

40 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited LEO AT VICTIM’S HOME: Keeps unwanted people away from the child’s home, etc. Provided by a uniform officer from the venue agency. US MARSHAL’S SUSPECT LOCATOR: Locates suspects and/or persons of interest. REGIONAL COMPUTER FORENSICS LAB: Search any computers and /or electronic devices. CRIME SCENE CORDINATOR: Supervisor over all of the crime scenes. Coordinates with State Crime Lab as needed. Commands securing the crime scenes. STATE CRIME LAB: Processes and gathers evidence. Collects and maintains child’s DNA. INVESTIGATIVE LEADS COORDINATOR: Supervisor over investigators following up on investigative leads. Directs briefings, debriefing investigators and ensuring all investigative leads have been worked and documented. INVESTIGATORS: Investigators who work investigative leads. Return to Chart FF

41 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited PROSECUTORS COUNTY STATE FEDERAL Return to Chart FF

42 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited INTEL COORDINATOR PRIORITY LEADS COORDINATOR: Supervises FBI, venue agency & follow-up personnel in leads processing. –FBI: Reviews, prioritizes, and assigns all leads. –VENUE: Reviews, prioritizes, and assigns all leads. –FOLLOW-UP: Ensures that all the investigative leads have been completed and returned to the intelligence unit and entered into the Simple Leads data base. Return to Chart FF

43 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited 2 LEO Lines: In charge of answering the LEO line from police officers who are out searching/following up on leads, etc. LEO DATABASES: Access all LEO databases for investigators. ANALYSIS: Supervisor over ArcGIS, Maps, Data entry and Time Line. Also in charge of analyzing the data. ARGIS: In charge of gathering data of a specific geographical area. They assist in creating specialized maps and working with the analysis in plotting data. MAPS: In charge of creating search maps for police and volunteers searches. DATA ENTRY: Inputs data into Simple Leads database. TIME LINES: Maintains timeline of events for the analysis. Return to Chart FF

44 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited CART Resources DOC sex offender registry staff FBI violent crimes unit US Marshals suspect locator DPS resource coordinator Internet Crimes Against Children’s Task Force RCFL computer forensics agents Verizon phone bank and cell phones Mobile computer network with internet-capable laptops and air cards Portable server and printers County/State/Federal Prosecutors Crime Scene Technician BCI field team for rapid background checks and criminal histories Team ADAM-NCMEC K9 search dogs ARC GIS mapping and search tracking software and plotter-size printers Network/IT tech support Photo/video equipment Victim support coordinator USEARCH PIO resources Experienced investigators Return to Chart

45 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Utah CART partners Utah Attorney General’s Office Federal Bureau of Investigations US Marshal’s Office Department Of Public Safety Department of Corrections Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement Department of Technology Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Criminal Identification Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office West Valley City Justice Court US Attorney’s Office Valley Emergency Communication Center Airport Police Department Cottonwood Heights Police Department Draper Police Department Midvale Police Department Murray Police Department South Salt Lake Police Department Salt Lake Police Department South Jordan Police Department Taylorsville Police Department West Valley Police Department West Jordan Police Department University of Utah Police Department Salt Lake County’s Sheriff’s Office Summit County Sheriff’s Office Tooele Police Department Regional Computer Forensic Lab National Center for Missing & Exploited Children USearch Return to Chart

46 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Utah CART’S FUTURE National certification Assist in creating regional CART’s within Utah Provide national technical assistance

47 Kirk Torgensen Law Enforcement Sensitive Ken Wallentine Distribution Limited Chief Deputy Kirk Torgensen Utah Attorney General’s Office

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