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1 Child Abduction Response Team (CART)

2 Why Have a Pre-Planned Response?

3 Facts and Figures 58,200 children are victims of non-family abductions each year 58,200 children are victims of non-family abductions each year 100 – 200 of those victims are stereotypical kidnappings 100 – 200 of those victims are stereotypical kidnappings Approximately ½ of these victims are sexually assaulted during the commission of the crime Approximately ½ of these victims are sexually assaulted during the commission of the crime Statistics from NISMART II

4 When a Child is Killed 49% are murdered in less than 1 hour 49% are murdered in less than 1 hour 74% are murdered within 3 hours 74% are murdered within 3 hours 91% are murdered within 24 days 91% are murdered within 24 days 99% are murdered within 7 days 99% are murdered within 7 days Statistics from the Washington State Attorney General’s Report on Missing Child Homicides

5 It is likely that the classic non-family abduction will require a multi-agency response

6 Child Abduction Response Team A formalized multi-agency response to abducted, missing and endangered children A formalized multi-agency response to abducted, missing and endangered children

7 What is the Purpose of CART? To establish a multi-agency child abduction team that will respond to abducted, missing and endangered child cases in a timely and efficient manner

8 Inter-Agency Approach Shared financial and personnel resources Shared financial and personnel resources Provides expert resources to augment organized investigative efforts Provides expert resources to augment organized investigative efforts Assures the victim family and community that all resources are utilized for the successful recovery of the child Assures the victim family and community that all resources are utilized for the successful recovery of the child

9 Policy Issues to be Addressed Liability Liability CART resources and use of equipment CART resources and use of equipment Mutual Aid/concurrent jurisdiction Mutual Aid/concurrent jurisdiction Officer injury Officer injury Use of force/litigation Use of force/litigation Pursuits Pursuits Overtime Overtime Command structure Command structure Briefing of agency heads/confidentiality Briefing of agency heads/confidentiality Media releases Media releases CART deployment length of time resources are made available CART deployment length of time resources are made available

10 Policy Issues Once policy issues are resolved then they need to be documented Once policy issues are resolved then they need to be documented Tools for solidifying documentation include: Tools for solidifying documentation include: Memorandums of Understanding Memorandums of Understanding Protocols Protocols SOPs/Department Directives or General Orders SOPs/Department Directives or General Orders Letters of Agreement Letters of Agreement

11 Team Responsibilities Phase I Develop a response plan Develop a response plan Response criteria Response criteria Incident command structure Incident command structure Lead agency designation/CART Coordinator Lead agency designation/CART Coordinator Assignments Assignments

12 Team Responsibilities Phase II Develop a best practice policy regarding missing / abducted children for recommendation to member agencies Develop a best practice policy regarding missing / abducted children for recommendation to member agencies

13 Other Responsibilities Seek training for team members Seek training for team members Develop exercises for team training and testing Develop exercises for team training and testing Respond to missing and abducted child cases as set forth by the response plan Respond to missing and abducted child cases as set forth by the response plan Develop an after-action report on full scale responses to be presented to the agency heads of the member agencies Develop an after-action report on full scale responses to be presented to the agency heads of the member agencies

14 Responsibilities (cont.) Develop and maintain a response manual for use by investigative members of the team Develop and maintain a response manual for use by investigative members of the team Develop and maintain a resource manual to ensure immediate availability of resources Develop and maintain a resource manual to ensure immediate availability of resources

15 Proven Model Training programs from January 2006 through July 2014 yielded the following: Training programs from January 2006 through July 2014 yielded the following: 3792 team members trained representing 45 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and Canada 3792 team members trained representing 45 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and Canada 102 Operationally Ready teams 102 Operationally Ready teams CART deployment has proven successful in the safe recovery of children CART deployment has proven successful in the safe recovery of children CART model recipient of 2005 IACP Choice Point Award CART model recipient of 2005 IACP Choice Point Award

16 IACP Choice Point Award “One of the greatest challenges law enforcement faces is responding to the report of a missing child. But the activation of available officers, coordination across multiple jurisdictions, and securing of necessary expertise can often eclipse the assets of any one department,” said then IACP President Joe Estey, chief of the White River Junction, VT, Police Department. “One of the greatest challenges law enforcement faces is responding to the report of a missing child. But the activation of available officers, coordination across multiple jurisdictions, and securing of necessary expertise can often eclipse the assets of any one department,” said then IACP President Joe Estey, chief of the White River Junction, VT, Police Department.

17 How Do We Bring CART To Our Community Leadership: Ensure Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Commitment Leadership: Ensure Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Commitment Establish a Steering/Oversight Committee Establish a Steering/Oversight Committee Meet regularly until the Team is established Meet regularly until the Team is established Designate a Team Leader who will work diligently to see the process through Designate a Team Leader who will work diligently to see the process through Support the efforts of Team Members Support the efforts of Team Members

18 Advice From Successful CART Programs Be flexible Be flexible Choose motivated and committed people Choose motivated and committed people Do not give up working on your plan Do not give up working on your plan Do not reinvent the wheel Do not reinvent the wheel Check your ego at the door Check your ego at the door Do not put all your eggs in one basket Do not put all your eggs in one basket Educate Educate

19 Lessons Learned Keep the focus on finding the child Keep the focus on finding the child Have a plan and use the plan Have a plan and use the plan Realize it is a work in progress Realize it is a work in progress Do not delay in deploying your team Do not delay in deploying your team

20 Contact Information AMBER Alert Training and AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program A U.S. D.O.J. Initiative Fox Valley Technical College Phone: (877) 71-AMBER


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