Law Enforcement & DNA Training

Welcome to Project Jason’s Law Enforcement & DNA Training. We provide training in the form of audio files accessible on this site at no charge 24 hours a day.

A variety of topics will be covered by respected professionals in the field of law enforcement. Some of the training may also be applicable to other groups, such as coroners, medical examiners, state clearinghouse managers, and other persons or groups who work with missing persons cases and/or unidentified human remains.

Training available from other sources are listed below.

* Please note the new listing about Fox Valley’s “Responding to Missing and Unidentified Persons” conference as noted below.

Model Policy for Law Enforcement in Cases of Missing Persons, courtesy of Fox Valley Technical College.

Training provided by the Center for Human Identification:

Training Modules:

Handling Cases of Missing Persons with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

This  document contains information provided by national, regional, and local organizations that specialize in Alzheimer’s and dementia, which will aid law enforcement and families of the missing in the search for an elderly missing person.

DNA Training

The following is the first four segments of our ongoing training program designed to provide critical information to law enforcement, coroners and medical examiners, and the families of the missing about DNA sample collection and processing. The goal for all involved is to be able to dramatically improve the number of human remains which can be identified; providing both answers for the families, and additional evidence to law enforcement.

Our presenters of this module are Dr. Arthur Eisenberg, Professor in the Department of Pathology and Anatomy and the Director of the DNA Identity Laboratory with the University of North Texas Health and Science Center, and George Adams, who is the Missing Persons Coordinator with the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification.

DNA Training Part 1 (26.4 MiB)

DNA Training Part 2 (21.2 MiB)

DNA Training Part 3 (24.9 MiB)

DNA Training Part 4 (27.7 MiB)

Human Genome Project: Detailed Information About DNA (20.2 MiB)

Presenter Biographies – Arthur J. Eisenberg, Ph.D.   –  George W. Adams

Training from Other Sources

Fox Valley Technical College:

We highly recommend their missing persons training and annual conference, “Responding to Missing and Unidentified Persons”. For additional information, please visit this link:

Training from the President’s DNA Initiative:

They offer free online courses that are designed to help criminal justice professionals preserve, identify, analyze, and present DNA evidence.

The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

They are hosting the following regional training sessions:

Child Abduction Response Team (CART)

The Child Abduction Response Team (CART) training program is designed for professionals from a variety of fields within a community that may be involved in the immediate response to a missing or abducted child incident. Submission of an application does not guarantee participation in the program. Applications will be evaluated based upon the strength of the application, team composition, and goals and objectives of the team. Length of program is 4½ days.

Target audience: Attendance for this program requires team participation. A minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 team members are permitted.

Basic Forensic Response to Missing and Abducted Children

This course is designed to enhance the forensic skills of law enforcement professionals involved in missing and abducted children cases. Topics covered include: pre-planning, chain of custody issues/evidence security, crime scene identification and preservation, crime mapping and photography, trace evidence, fingerprints/palm prints, DNA/body fluids, composite sketching/forensic art and electronic evidence. Hands-on, facilitated activities will give the participants a chance to try some of the techniques taught in class.

One module of this program will be devoted to Identi-Kit training. In order to benefit from this training module, if at all possible, participants should bring with them a laptop computer containing Windows 98 or some later version. Approximately two weeks prior to the start of the program, the participant’s Department will receive a contract with the Identi-Kit Corporation which should be immediately signed and returned. This will entitle the Department to receive a license and free use of Identi-Kit software for six months. As a result of attending this training program, participants will be certified Identi-Kit operators. Length of program is 2½ days.

Target audience: Law enforcement professionals including crime scene personnel, first responders, and investigators.

Investigative Strategies for Missing and Abducted Children (ISMAC)

This four and one-half day training program is designed for investigative professionals who have a well grounded experience in conducting investigations involving abducted or murdered children cases. Participants should have an established proficiency and experience in conducting complex investigations prior to attending this course. Focus of the course will include legal issues, forensic evidence collection, computer forensics, interviewing and interrogation, cold cases, human trafficking, information use, and resource sharing. Length of program is 4½ days.

Target audience: Attendance will be restricted to experienced investigative or supervisory personnel.

Leadership for Missing and Abducted Children

This course is designed for law enforcement managers and executives who are capable of making policy-level decisions that effect administration and implementation of AMBER Alert Plans in their agency. Topics that will be covered in this course will include a scope and scale overview of the issues related to missing and abducted children, key components of an AMBER policy and the elements of a comprehensive child recovery plan, how to develop a memorandum of understanding with other agencies, and how to engage or disengage the media on child abduction cases. Case studies will be used to exemplify the course content and participants will have the opportunity to improve their AMBER Alert/Child recovery plan through guided facilitation. Length of program is 2 days.

Target audience: Law enforcement managers and executives.

AMBER and the Media

This course is designed to enhance the skills of law enforcement investigating a child abduction in which there is media involvement. The training will provide valuable information about the culture of the media, best practices in working with the media, setting up and holding press conferences and engaging the media over the long-term. Length of program is 2 days.

Target audience: Law enforcement professionals from first responders to CEO’s.

Prosecutors’ Strategies in Child Abduction Cases

This course is intended for local, state, and federal prosecutors who handle child abduction cases. It covers unique aspects of prosecuting family abduction and stranger abduction cases. In addition, prosecutors will learn when and how to use civil law to resolve interstate and international family abduction cases. Two statutory mechanisms will be highlighted: the Hague Child Abduction Convention, and the innovative civil provisions of the UCCJEA — recently enacted across the country — that allow prosecutors to locate and recover children in abduction and custody enforcement cases. Child-sensitive guidance will be provided on interviewing abducted children and on recovery and reunification techniques. Length of program is 2 days.

Target audience:This program is open to local, state and federal prosecutors and prosecutor coordinators from every state.

AMBER Alert Scenario-Based Training at Newsplex

Newsplex is a state-of-the-art scenario-based training facility that gives participants a unique hands-on experience dealing with various evolving incidents or unusual events. Newsplex is ideally situated to provide valuable learning experiences for broadcasters who are tasked with issuing or maintaining public AMBER Alerts. Newsplex is operated by the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

Newsplex training will provide personal attention to participants through small group exercises, using state-of-the-art media convergence software and equipment. Unique training scenarios are based on actual AMBER Alert cases and are presented using computers and large screens. Participants are encouraged to make critical decisions based on information provided to them.

Participants: This 1-day training is available to the AMBER Alert coordinator, media representatives (television and radio), and Public Information Officer. Transportation and lodging will be provided for non-Federal employees.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Training & Technical Assistance for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors

The Jimmy Ryce Law Enforcement Training Center (JRLETC) is a training and technical-assistance program offered through the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Named in memory of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce, who was abducted and murdered near his Florida home in 1995, the JRLETC was established to enhance the investigative response to missing- and exploited-children cases.

Training Opportunities

NCMEC regularly offers training opportunities for law-enforcement officers, prosecutors, and educators. These dynamic courses, held at NCMEC’s Jimmy Ryce Law Enforcement Training Center and regionally throughout the United States, enable participants to actively engage with other professionals, explore model policies, and discover the many resources available to aid in the investigation and prosecution of cases involving missing and exploited children. Delivered by a team of certified experts, NCMEC programs are recognized by state and national accreditation agencies. The JRLETC has proudly trained professionals from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and foreign nations.

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance is available in many forms through the JRLETC. Assistance is wide ranging and an integral part of NCMEC’s efforts to assist communities dedicated to protecting their children. NCMEC has the ability to send qualified instructors to conferences, workshops, and training seminars focusing on child-protection issues. Although many requests come from jurisdictions within the United States, NCMEC has the ability to provide international assistance in this area. Specialized assistance to individual departments, educational institutions, medical facilities, social services, and many other professional agencies is also offered.

Please visit NCMEC’s Course Descriptions and Schedules section for more information contact the JRLETC.