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Missing Kids Readiness Project

The Missing Kids Readiness Project 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.


Your law enforcement agency or Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) can become part of the Missing Kids Readiness Project by meeting the following criteria: 

Law enforcement agency criteria

  1. Chief or Sheriff completes CEO or MCDR-2 training.
  2. Sworn personnel completes MCDR-1 training.
  3. Agency adopts Law-Enforcement Model Policy (or policy meeting critical components of the model policy.)

PSAP criteria

  1. PSAP manager completes CEO or MCDR-2 training.
  2. Telecommunicators complete MCDR-1 or Telecommunications Best Practices for Missing and Abducted Children training.
  3. Agency adopts ANSI Standard (or protocol meeting critical elements of the ANSI Standard.)


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 and abducted children. It was originally developed with the assistance of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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Standard for Public Safety Telecommunicators when Responding to Calls of Missing, Abducted, and Sexually Exploited Children

The Missing Kids Readiness Project’s founding members collaboratively developed this best-practice standard for telecommunicators when responding to calls regarding missing, abducted and sexually exploited children and model policies for responding to these calls. ANSI recognized this series of best practices as a national standard.

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Quality assurance

Including a section in your policy about quality assurance is essential. The structure and needs of your jurisdiction will determine if it will be an individual section in your agency's policy or a short statement within another section. The quality assurance statement should include the name or specific title of personnel responsible for reviewing the missing or abducted child calls, the length of time after receiving the call that it will be reviewed and the process to be followed. It should also state that not only will the current personnel be trained, but all future new employees will be required to receive missing and exploited child training.

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Victim Impact Video: Colleen Nick Missing Kids Readiness Project members Checklist for Public-Safety Telecommunicators When Responding to Calls Pertaining to Missing, Abducted, and Sexually Exploited Children NCIC Guide

Free training opportunities

NCMEC University Online

Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives (CEO) Telecommunications Best Practices for Missing and Abducted Children

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