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NCJ Number: 157018 Find in a Library
Title: Missing and Abducted Children: The First Responder
Author(s): B B Bosarge
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sale Source: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is a training guide to ensure that the first responder to a report of a missing, abducted, runaway or lost child will focus on quickly gathering factual information and safeguarding potential evidence.
Abstract: The approach that the responding officer initially takes to a call about a missing, abducted, runaway or lost child often determines whether the child is recovered and returned home safely, remains missing for months or years, or is never located. The most critical role in any missing child case is the first responder, the patrol officer, who initially establishes the seriousness of the complaint, safeguards the scene, gathers crucial facts, and conducts preliminary interviews of witnesses. The Justice Department recommends that law enforcement agencies respond to every report of a missing child as if the child is in immediate danger. If they assume that the child is lost or has run away, they may miss the opportunity to immediately identify critical information such as a witness who observed the child talking to someone. In addition, in the wake of sensational cases in which parents or guardians killed children and then falsely reported they had been abducted, the Justice Department is urging law enforcement agencies nationwide to assume foul play in every missing child case and have the parents or guardians submit to polygraph tests early in the investigation. Endnotes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Child victims; Investigations; Investigative techniques; Missing children; Missing person investigation; Police training; Polygraphs; Victims of Crime
Note: Training Key #460
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