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National Center for Missing and Exploited Children training for Law Enforcement, hosted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office

November 25, 2014

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor would like to announce an upcoming training for law enforcement being conducted by theNational Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a non-profit organization. The training, Missing Children Dynamics and Response (MCDR) is aone day seminar. NCMEC describes this seminar as being designed to provide “critical information to law enforcement agencies who will respond to a missing or sexuafly exploited child report and whose department member’s knowledge, skill and ability maymake the difference between recovery and a protracted investigation.” This training will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Wildwood Convention Center, located in Wildwood, New Jersey.

This training is being conducted for the Cape May County Child Abduction Response Team (CART), but any law enforcement agency is invited to attend. CART is made of a team of individuals from various agencies, jurisdictions, and disciplines who aretrained to respond to a report of a missing child. On December 1,2008, Attorney General Anne Milgram issued a Law Enforcement Directive, No. 2008-4, requiring every County to establish a Child Abduction Response Team (CART). The Attorney General Directive states, “a standardized response will enable law enforcement to exercise more control over events, react more effectively to unexpected occurrences, and enhance the likelihood of swift and successful resolution of missing child cases.” The Directive called for each County Prosecutor to designate two (2) individuals to serve as Child Abduction Response Team Leaders. Part of the responsibilities of the CART Leaders is to oversee missing child investigations within the county as well as provide trfining for county wide law enforcement.

Since the Attorney General Directive took effect, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office additionally implemented a County CART Protocol as well as a Cape May County Chiefs of Police Standard Operating Procedure in regards to CART policy.