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Missing Children: Dynamics & Response (MCDR)

This one day seminar, hosted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®, provides critical information to those officers and investigators who will respond to a missing child report and whose knowledge, skill and ability may make the difference between recovery and a protracted investigation. Participants are expected to attend all training segments and complete an evaluation form.

This course is designed for dispatchers, telecommunicators, investigators, detectives and other first responders.

7.5 hours of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification is available for all attending Virginia law enforcement officers.


  • Scope & scale of missing children incidents.
  • Sex offenders typology (preferential & situational)
  • Intra & inter-agency law enforcement response.
  • Department policy & procedures.
  • Pre-incident planning.
  • NCMEC investigative and support resources.
  • Implementation of planned response.


The cost of admittance, training materials and instructors fees are covered by NCMEC. Meals, travel and lodging expenses are not covered by NCMEC.

Course schedule & application

2018 Course Schedule Pending

The online equivalent of this course, MCDR-1, is available through our distance learning program, NCMEC University Online.


Off-site training is held at various locations across the country.

Class Date Location

If you are interested in hosting NCMEC for a training in your area, please submit your request here:

You can also use the downloadable form below to complete your application. Federal employees must complete and return the downloadable application with supervisor signature.

Application form

Questions? Contact NCMEC at 703-837-6253 or

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