This tool for law enforcement was developed for the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), by the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program (AATTAP), in collaboration with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Justice Services. These checklists are designed to serve as a resource for first responders and investigators in the field. Core information is based upon NCMEC's Law-Enforcement Guide to Case Investigation and Investigative Checklist, with input from experienced law enforcement investigators (including Tribal law enforcement and cultural advisers).

This resource was funded by OJP and prepared under Cooperative Agreement number 2017-MC-FX-K003. Points of view or opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of OJP or the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Provides patrol officers with information to support accurate and effective response to reports of endangered missing or abducted children, and assists with steps essential to communicate information to arriving investigators.


Communication and documentation considerations critical to effective response to reports of endangered missing or abducted children, both in transitioning from first responding patrol officers and in ongoing investigative work.


Offers guidance for overarching coordination work carried out by law enforcement supervisors when aligning the operations of patrol and investigations in cases of endangered missing or abducted children.