NCJTC | 2023 Review

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Building Trust. Empowering Others. Effecting Change.

NCJTC Review 2023 Edition

Building Trust for 30 Years

Our Mission

We Are Here

We Value

is to provide premier criminal justice training and technical assistance to enhance public safety and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

to empower those we serve to better protect their communities.

collaborative partnerships, continuous improvement, diversity, programmatic excellence, and responsiveness.

At the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College (NCJTC), we are dedicated to equipping criminal justice professionals with the right training and tools to effect lasting and meaningful change in the communities they serve. As a leading national criminal justice training organization, we deliver quality innovative training, expert instruction, and technical assistance solutions for combating prevailing public safety and community challenges.

NCJTC offers onsite and online training in 12 topic areas including: Alcohol and Substance Misuse Child Abuse and Neglect Child Sex Trafficking Community Policing and Prevention Courts and Community Corrections Death Investigations Endangered, Missing, and Abducted Children Leadership, Management, and Planning School Safety Sex Offender Management Technology Investigations Victims and At-Risk Populations

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For over 30 years, NCJTC has placed an emphasis upon providing training and technical assistance to rural, Tribal, and underserved communities. We developed our training and technical assistance approach by listening and understanding needs first and then responding to each unique circumstance. We deeply value our long-standing partnerships with some of the Nation’s leading providers in areas of Tribal justice, law enforcement, child safety, and victim services. This, coupled with our talented and diverse staff, equips us to be responsive to a multitude of criminal justice and community needs. We understand that working collaboratively will lead to better outcomes and success when tackling complex issues. We are proud of the fact that we pioneered some of the nation’s first interdisciplinary team training programs in the early 1990s. Our training model brings community and organizational leaders together with subject matter experts who are actively working in their respective fields, to apply research-driven best practices in all of our training and targeted technical assistance programs. We routinely work with host agencies to identify their unique challenges and needs so that we can develop customized training and provide ongoing support and services well after the training has taken place. Our impact assessments routinely demonstrate that our approach provides communities with the information, strategies, model policies, programs, and resources necessary to effect meaningful change that will live beyond any one individual or organization.

Trusted to Support National Priorities

Committed to Flexible Training Formats

Through 20+ federally funded grants by the U.S. Department of Justice, NCJTC is entrusted to carry out training and technical assistance that support our nation’s largest criminal justice initiatives and priorities. In addition to federal grants, NCJTC has a robust Fee-Based Contracting Division that offers 1- to 5-day training courses and conferences that align to these initiatives and other trending public safety concerns.

NCJTC is proud to offer a variety of training formats to meet your unique needs.

These national priorities include: Improving the investigation, prosecution, and prevention of child victimization cases including child abuse, exploitation, and child sex trafficking Equipping investigators with state-of-the-art tools and technology to combat technology-facilitated crimes against children Improving abilities to prevent, solve, and prosecute crimes involving Internet of Things (IoT) devices

Many of our onsite classes transitioned to this format so we could continue meeting the needs of our customers. While other training organizations waited for restrictions to lift, NCJTC was able to increase access to underserved, rural, and Tribal communities. Today, we remain committed to employing flexible training options (both virtual and inperson) to meet the constantly evolving needs of criminal justice professionals.

Investigating and prosecuting cold case murders associated with civil rights violations Supporting victims of crime Implementing systemwide strategies to address crime issues related to alcohol and substance misuse in Tribal communities Developing Tribal justice systems to promote public safety and effective justice system operations Empowering Tribal communities to carry out community corrections, and diversion and re-entry programs

Dedicated to High-Quality Training Our formula for success is based upon rigorous standards, quality control, and efficient management of resources. NCJTC training and technical assistance is instructed by a cadre of subject matter experts still actively working in their given professional field. We are proud of the over 200 expert instructors, many nationally recognized, who bring both field experience and practical knowledge to each training we offer. Complementing these experts is a group of nearly 100 talented and experienced staff located throughout the country.

“NCJTC is dedicated to developing new programs and resources to meet the constantly evolving needs of the criminal justice communities we serve. In addition to an array of scheduled regional training events, NCJTC stands ready to assist you in hosting technical assistance and other programmatic support activities important for your community.”

We continually evaluate the needs of the criminal justice community, review student evaluations, assess the impact and effectiveness of all of our programs, and consult with experts who help to design state-of-the-art programs, resources, and deliverables that target the needs of our constituents. Finally, we customize our training and technical assistance and support activities to meet the needs of each requesting agency, avoiding the “one size fits all” approach that rarely achieves success.

Bradley Russ, Executive Director of NCJTC

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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, training was done primarily onsite in a classroom setting and online through self-paced courses or live webinars. When federal mandates restricted travel and group gatherings in March 2020, we pivoted and leveraged innovative resources through our parent organization Fox Valley Technical College, to produce a new training format called “Live Online Instructor Led”.

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Year in Review

2022 - 2023 NCJTC Highlights Period ending June 30, 2023

January 1 - December 31, 2022

New Federal Grants Awarded to NCJTC Since 2020, NCJTC has been the proud recipient of three new federal grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. The Emmett Till Cold Case Investigations and Prosecution Program grant supports state, local, and Tribal law enforcement and prosecutors in their investigation and prosecution of cold case murders associated with civil rights violations. The Internet of Things (IoT) National Training and Technical Assistance Program grant supports criminal justice agencies in improving their ability to prevent, solve, and prosecute crimes involving IoT devices. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Innovative Approaches to Advancing Traffic Safety and Enforcement grant supports advancing traffic safety through the development, demonstration, and evaluation of innovative traffic safety countermeasure approaches and techniques, and innovative and measurable strategies and programs to affect law enforcement engagement.

Fee-Based Training Division in 6th Year For years, NCJTC saw a high demand for training in death investigations, community relations, leadership, new technology, and other public safety issues, however current federal grant funding did not support these training areas. In response to this high demand, NCJTC launched our Fee-Based Contracting Division in 2017. The Contracting Division has been highly successful in bringing training to host agencies across the nation for either closedagency-only training or open-invitation training. Each agency who hosts training, has an opportunity to access national subject matter experts and earn free seats for their agency when minimum enrollment for the course is met. To qualify for hosting a training, there are a few requirements to meet to assure a mutually successful training event. This team also runs all NCJTC national and regional conferences throughout the year (detailed on page 5) serving thousands of law enforcement, prosecutors, investigators, and other criminal justice professionals with innovative, expert training. hosted served through 25 agencies 1,044 agencies training Contracting Division

Starting with just a handful of training courses, we have grown the course portfolio to more than 25 offerings with new titles added regularly. New training pilots have long been an effective strategy for testing and launching brand new courses at NCJTC, providing a “first look” and helping us shape the agenda for future events, usually for an introductory registration fee. We have also developed two comprehensive five-day training academies, the NCJTC Sexual Assault Investigation Academy and NCJTC Death Investigation Academy. Each academy is taught by a panel of subject matter experts in their respective fields and provides a deeper dive into investigative strategies, crime scene management, interrogation, and the prosecution of these cases.

January 1 - December 31, 2022

Preventing Child Abuse through Know & Tell® Training NCJTC is proud to partner with New Hampshire’s Granite State Children’s Alliance to make The KNOW & TELL® and the KNOW & TELL® for Healthcare Providers training available nationally. This training covers the signs of neglect, and physical and sexual abuse, in an effort to gain a better understanding of how to identify victims. completed 5,777 participants KNOW & TELL® training May 2019 - December 2022


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Critical 3 Video Series Offers Mini Learning Opportunity In 2020, NCJTC launched a video series called “Critical 3”, which provides three critical points on a relevant topic delivered by subject matter experts in 12 minutes or less. Our Critical 3 library currently offers 29 recorded videos, yielding 50,000+ views. To view the series, please visit


Annual Conferences at NCJTC

National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation Conference

NCJTC has a long-standing history of bringing industry professionals and speakers together for our annual conferences. Since 1988, we have offered 32 different conferences, which have provided participants with comprehensive training from a variety of subject matter experts and valuable networking opportunities with other participants. Although some of our conferences were run for five years or less, we have several that have been run for 20+ years.

2023 Conferences in Review


Since 2003, NCJTC has facilitated and provided all logistical/ planning support for the National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation Conference, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. The National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation Conference focuses on the prevention, investigation and prosecution of technologyfacilitated crimes against children. Child sexual exploitation is a growing global threat facilitated by the expansion and ever-changing nature of technology. As technology advances, so do the techniques and platforms predators use to exploit children. Investigating and prosecuting these types of complex cases require specialized skills and expertise. We are honored to be involved in this annual event, which has trained more than 24,300 participants since its inception in 2003. The 2023 conference provided a singular opportunity for more than 1,500 law enforcement and prosecutorial professionals— from six countries, three U.S. territories, and every level of government—to come together for one purpose: to focus on how to successfully combat these horrific crimes. Over a three-day period, participants learned cutting-edge techniques from subject matter experts across the country, improved collaboration by sharing information, and strengthened critical relationships.

NCJTC sponsored conferences

869 participants representing

5 Countries (U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia & United Kingdom)

Planning and Facilitation for the Federal Agency Task Force The Federal Agency Task Force on Missing and Exploited Children (FATF) was created and announced by Attorney General Janet Reno on May 25, 1995, at the 12th annual Missing Children’s Day, and it has met quarterly since its inception. It was created to bring together agencies and organizations that serve missing and exploited children to increase communication, collaboration, and cooperation. The Task Force is an active and vocal force in our nation’s effort to protect children. Since 1995, NCJTC has provided logistical support and planning for the FATF quarterly meetings, which consist of 20 federal agencies, with more than 100 representative members and members from the National Center and International Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Through their quarterly meetings, the FATF helps coordinate federal resources to more effectively address issues related to missing, abducted and exploited children.


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Promoting National Missing Children’s Day

Internet Safety Month: Keeping Children Safe Online

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day (NMCD). Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice commemorates NMCD with a ceremony honoring the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals who protect children and encourage parents and others concerned with their well-being to make child safety a priority.

One of the best tools we have to prevent Internet crimes against children is education. Educating the public through the development and delivery of public awareness and prevention programs is also one of the many important initiatives of the ICAC Task Force Program. Since 1998, members of the ICAC Task Force Program delivered more than 194,000 presentations on Internet safety to local communities across the nation.

Since 1993, through current and past Missing and Exploited Children federal grants, NCJTC has had the honor of managing and coordinating the annual NMCD ceremony and associated activities, as well as the NMCD Poster Contest. The NMCD Poster Contest invites 5th grade students from around the country to create a poster based on the “Bringing Our Missing Children Home” theme. NCJTC support activities include marketing and communications, website presence, nomination processing and selection, event logistics, registration, and transportation/travel.

During Internet Safety Month (June), we provided training opportunities and resources to create awareness of the dangers of the Internet and the crimes being committed against children. Sextortion, particularly financial sextortion, has been a growing concern, in which coercion or blackmail is used to acquire sexual content, engage in sex, or obtain money.

Multimedia Family Survival Guide Launched An updated, multimedia edition of the U.S. Department of Justice resource, When Your Child Is Missing: a Family Survival Guide, was officially released on National Missing Children’s Day, held on May 24, 2023, in Washington, D.C. The first edition of the Guide, created in 1998, offered clear, actionable information on how parents of missing children can work with law enforcement, the media, and volunteers; manage donations and rewards; and simply survive to fight another day in the search for their child.

In June, a webinar series, “Protect Our Youth Online: A Virtual Event to Start the Conversation” provided parents, educators, child-serving professionals and ICAC Task Force members information and resources to #StartTheConversation about technology safety. Technology safety experts from around the world offered tips and resources to help inform and protect children of all ages. New resources such as “I Am a Victim of Sextortion, What Can I Do?” were also launched as part of the Internet Safety month campaign.

This latest 5th edition builds on this legacy by offering updated information, videos, and resources in both print and online formats. Retired Program Administrator, now NCJTC Associate Helen Connelly, worked with AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program staff to lead a dedicated group of parents through the creation of the new Guide and accompanying video project.

AMBER Alert Symposium Back in Person 2023 The AMBER Alert and AMBER Alert in Indian Country Symposium brought together more than 150 participants from nearly every U.S. state, plus Puerto Rico and Mexico, to Tucson, Arizona, on April 19-20, 2023. The event marked the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic that law enforcement officers, AMBER Alert Coordinators, Missing Persons Clearinghouse Managers, Child Abduction Response Team (CART) leaders, and other key partners were able to meet in person for collaborative learning.

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Training to Combat Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Since 2003, NCJTC is honored to be one of only FIVE national training providers delivering essential training, tools, and techniques to 61 ICAC task forces representing more than 5,000 state and local law enforcement agencies and prosecutorial agencies nationally. The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet and other technology; the proliferation of child sexual abuse images available electronically; and the heightened online activity by predators seeking unsupervised contact with potential underage victims.

Attendees had their choice of 36 learning sessions along with updates from U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, Gary Restaino, whose office works with 22 federally recognized Tribes including the Pascua Yaqui. Sessions and meetings focused on best practices for AMBER Alert and Endangered Missing Alert activations, CART readiness and certification, case studies, emerging technologies and tools, cultural sensitivities, and regional trends.

AMBER Alert CART Certifications Achieved Since 2003, The AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program has provided training and resources to help agencies across the nation achieve DOJ-recognized Child Abduction Response Teams (CART) certification. CARTs are a multi-agency, often multijurisdictional composite of community professionals who are trained and equipped to respond in the search and recovery of an abducted or endangered child. The goal is to ensure a rapid and comprehensive community response to a child abduction. The AMBER Alert system is being used in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Indian Country, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 27 other countries.

The ICAC Task Force agencies are engaged in both proactive and reactive investigations, forensic examinations, and criminal prosecutions. By helping state and local agencies develop effective, sustainable responses to online child victimization, including responses to child sexual abuse images, the ICAC Program has increased law enforcement’s capacity to combat technology-facilitated crimes against children at every level. 7

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certified as of 33 CARTs January 1, 2023


136 recoveries were

children have been recovered

attributed to use of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) As of June 30, 2023


Invested in Supporting American Indian and Alaska Native Communities Since 1993, NCJTC has passionately supported the sovereignty of Tribal nations to strengthen their justice systems. We leverage the collaboration, communication, and coordination with other providers to provide the most effective training and technical assistance to serve the needs of the Tribal communities we’ve had the privilege to serve. Key partnerships this past year include the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, Tribal Law and Policy Institute, Tribal Judicial Institute of the University of North Dakota School of Law, The Child Welfare Academy at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, National Judicial College, RurAL CAP and the Center for Justice Innovation, as well as federal funding agencies that acknowledge and appreciate the challenges Tribal justice systems face.

Celebrating Children’s Justice Act 10th Anniversary 2022 marked the 10th anniversary of OVC’s The Children’s Justice and Assistance Act (CJA) of 1986 integration with Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). In recognition, NCJTC developed a “Spotlight on Success” website to highlight the program and work to address child abuse in Tribal communities. The site includes two video highlights of The Yurok Tribe’s and Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin’s magnificent efforts and resources developed by our partners at Tribal Law and Policy and Institute (TLPI). View for the full spotlight.

New Tribal Contracting Program Launched Newly launched in 2022, NCJTC is now providing fee-based contracting training to Tribal communities. Training topics focus on strategic planning, project management, and victim advocacy to help Tribal communities build strong systems and solutions. Visit to learn more.

Tackling Complex Issues Our fundamental belief is that Native communities have the collective knowledge and experience to best serve their own community—they may just need support to strengthen capacity. Our delivery of training and technical assistance (TTA) incorporates adult learning principles for an optimal learning experience. We approach American Indian and Alaska Native clientele with humility, using a strengths-based approach to incorporate a community’s cultural values, language and traditions in creating interventions and solutions to the most pressing justice and safety issues. To understand needs and build relationships with Tribal grantees and non-grantees, we begin with creating an inventory of organizational strengths and potential gaps in services. This allows staff to develop and customize tailored lesson plans and provide resources to meet the needs of grantees and other providers. NCJTC has also found that being flexible, available, and honoring confidentiality are greatly valued in our relationships with those we serve.

National Tribal Conference Facilitation In recent years, NCJTC has had the honor of performing all event coordination/ planning and logistical support for the American Indian Justice Conference and the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) New Grantee Orientation. Our role included handling all logistics, registration, event website, communications, and marketing.

2022 Work Highlights Tackling Alcohol and Substance Misuse: Promoting Healing and Recovery Through funding from Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, we delivered virtual and onsite training and specialized assistance and resources to support BJA-funded Tribal grantees and other Tribal communities to implement systemwide strategies, community-based approaches and culturally driven responses to address crime and wellness issues related to alcohol and substance misuse. Highlighted topics we supported tribes with TTA in 2022 include: opioid addiction and medication assisted treatments; Tribal law enforcement intervention and diversion; peer recovery support services; integrating evidence-based treatment approaches with culturally-based treatment models; drug identification and recognition; community drug awareness presentations; and reducing the stigma of addiction.

Focusing on Tribal Probation and Re-entry Practices With BJA funding support, NCJTC implemented a 20-week interactive virtual training academy focused on helping probation and corrections professionals build foundational skills. Academy participants examine traditional, evidencebased, victim-centered and trauma-informed approaches to community supervision and re-entry. Course work is designed to support application techniques and case management concepts in the development of core supervisory skills to improve overall outcomes for victims/survivors, communities and offenders.

Immediately following the May 2016 abduction and murder of 11-yearold Ashlynne Mike from Shiprock, New Mexico, the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children partnered with the Navajo Nation to support the full development of a comprehensive AMBER Alert plan. During this process, NCJTC met with government legislators to provide feedback and share insights into the expansion of the AMBER Alert system. The Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country legislation passed in 2018, expanding the AMBER Alert child abduction warning system on Native American reservations by clarifying that Indian tribes were eligible for Department of Justice grants, typically only available to states. The AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program, through its AMBER Alert in Indian Country initiative (AATTAP-AIIC), provides guidance and coordination between Tribes and states to access and integrate with state AMBER Alert plans. AMBER Alert in Indian Country (AIIC) technology toolkits, launched in 2022, are being delivered to federally recognized Tribal law enforcement agencies across the United States. Funded by the U.S. DOJ and administered by AATTAP-AIIC, the kits provide an array of portable devices allowing law enforcement officers to communicate data involving missing children while working in remote locations.

Supporting National Recovery Month Through BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant and Substance Use Program (COSSUP), NCJTC coordinated video testimonials for the “Champions of Recovery” series and produced a video, “Pathway to Tribal Law Enforcement Diversion”, providing tips on establishing and implementing a successful Tribal law enforcement diversion program.


Technology Toolkits in Indian Country

Through a partnership with FirstNet, the AMBER Alert in Indian Country technology toolkits include a Franklin A50 Wi-Fi hotspot device and up to six months of free broadband data.

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