Fox Valley Technical College hits milestone in fight against missing children

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APPLETON, Wisc.– For the past 25 years, Fox Valley Technical College’s National Criminal Justice Training Center has been training individual across the country in an effort to fight against missing and exploited children. 

The NCJTC provides training and technical assistance across the nation in areas like AMBER Alert, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), human trafficking, preventative tactics and reactive response to missing persons, and more. For more than 25 years, the Center has served as the national training backbone to all things related to missing persons.

“We received the first grant to start our efforts from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 1993,” notes Russ. “As a result, our first nationally-recognized training programs operated as separate entities dealing mostly with AMBER Alert and ICAC. From that point forward, we realized that the best way to address these overwhelming needs was to create strategic teams to support our priorities and grant deliverables.”

Russ, a retired police chief, brings a rich history of law enforcement experience unique to child advocacy and protection, along with child abuse prevention, to his leadership role at the NCJTC. He was also one of the country’s first ten ICAC Task Force Commanders.

For more information in the center and it’s training programs head to: https://www.fvtc.edu/news/story/leading-the-way-in-child-protection

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