Child Abduction Response Team (CART) Training


MAYS LANDING- Dates of Training: June 27, 28 and 29. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is hosting three-days of training on the topic of Child Abduction Response Team (CART)  for approximately 70 law enforcement officers and non-sworn individuals from Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

CART training consists of training for law enforcement and non-sworn individuals involved in the response and subsequent investigation into a child who is reported missing, endangered or abducted under certain circumstances when specifics resources are needed or need to be allocated. Under a 2008 directive from the New Jersey State Attorney General, each county is required to create a Child Abduction Response Team.

The CART training has been (3) three-years in the making according to Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Captain Hincks as preparations for the training were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Captain Hincks is the commander of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, the Unit that in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies and Child Services is responsible for Child Abduction Response Team activations and oversight of related investigations.

The training is being coordinated by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and will consist of three eight-hour days. The Atlantic County Police Academy has graciously provided the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office with classroom space to hold the training sessions.

Opening remarks to the training were offered by Chief Bruce K. DeShields and Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer of the Prosecutor’s Office with both DeShields and Flammer highlighting the importance and the crucial role that education and training play is successful investigations involving missing, endangered and abducted children.

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Instructor and Amber Advocate Derrick Vanluchene from the National Child Abduction      Response Team Program at the National Criminal Justice Training Center, as well as    affiliations with “The Amber Advocate” and other related programs opened the training and  discussed a unique perspective to the issues of child protection issues.

In 1987, when Derek was 17 years old, his 8 year old brother Ryan was abducted and murdered by a repeat sex offender. Ryan was taken from the family’s backyard in a rural Montana community. Since that time, Derek has devoted himself to issues of sex offender management as well as child abduction response through various programs including a non-profit named “Ryan United.” Mr. Vanluchene is regarded nationally as an expert on all issues surrounding sex offender management and child abduction response training.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to providing the most recent and up-to-date training to all Atlantic County law enforcement and in the very near future will announce the opening of the Atlantic County Child Advocacy Center designed to coordinate a response to allegations of child sexual and physical abuse through the use of multidisciplinary teams consisting of Department of Child and Permanency, police, prosecutors, victim advocates, and medical & mental health professionals.

Anyone with information about serious crimes are asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit at 609-909-7666 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Website at  http://www.acpo.org/tips.html  and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page.

Crime Stoppers: People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/.  Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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