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 Requesting CART Training



Training TTA360.pngand Technical Assistance can be requested through OJJDP's centralized "TTA 360" system.




 Child Abduction Response Team (CART) Training

The Child Abduction Response Team (CART) training is a multi-disciplinary approach to responding to a missing or abducted child incident. Team composition is critical to a CART’s implementation and long-term success. Commitment from the Chief Executive Officer(s) CEO(s) is required before a team will be reviewed and accepted for placement in CART training. 
Each jurisdiction is different in its approach to responding to missing and abducted children; some jurisdictions have more resources than others, however, the following disciplines are suggested for a “working team.”  Representatives from: law enforcement; legal agencies; probation and parole; communications; victim advocates; social service agencies; emergency management personnel to include fire/rescue and search and recovery units; school resource officers; and other key stakeholders that the CART Coordinator and CEO(s) identify as necessary to a CART’s overall ability to be successful in the recovery of a missing or abducted child.
Program Length is 3½ days. Attendance for this program requires at least 4 team members from varying disciplines, i.e. a team cannot be comprised only of law enforcement, and a recommended maximum of 12 members. Any exceptions require approval of the AMBER Alert Program Director. Click here for an overview of what is covered. 

 CART Training - ONLINE (for New Team Members)

If you are looking for information on the CART New Member Online Course for previously-trained CART programs, click here to find that course offering under AMBER Alert's Distance Learning area.

 CART in Action - Training Exercises

Brazos Valley Child Abduction Response Team Training Exercise
December 16, 2014 
Watch this excellent example a CART Program's efforts to train and prepare its members for rapid and comprehensive response to child abduction incidents.
The Brazos Valley Child Abduction Response Team (BV-CART) conducted training exercises in Madisonville, Texas, on December 16, 2014. This video highlights their efforts and the benefits of large-scale training exercises such as this. 

 CART Certification


Child Abduction Response Team (CART) Certification consists of a review of policies and protocols to include the following standards: Response Criteria, Team Composition, Notification Protocol, Communication, Command and Control, Search Operations, Training, Legal Issues, Equipment Inventory, CART Protocols, and Recovery and Reunification. Other documents for review are organizational charts, MOUs and/or Mutual Aid Agreements and CART training records. This program also involves a mock field abduction exercise to test the proficiency and capabilities of the CART program. Teams will be evaluated in response, policy compliance, operational capacity and overall performance. Teams successfully completing the assessment, policy compliance standards and all other certification requirements will be certified for performance by the U.S. Department of Justice.

This certification is offered on a technical assistance basis. Attendance will be restricted to teams that have completed the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance CART training. Questions can be directed to or call 877-71-AMBER.