MECP is one of several training and technical assistance providers supported by OJJDP.

MECP is not a grant or funding program. Rather, it offers assistance to local, state and tribal law enforcement, nonprofit organizations and other juvenile justice practitioners to strengthen their responses to missing and exploited children’s issues.

MECP can provide assistance to your community in the following ways:

Training. MECP has a network of juvenile justice experts who can meet your training needs. Training includes:

  • Provision of Faculty: MECP can provide subject matter experts to deliver training that supports your mission, goals and priorities.
  • Agenda development: MECP can assist with the development of a syllabus for a training program on topics relating to missing or exploited children.
  • Conduct of a training program: MECP can provide a program of instruction on missing and exploited children topics at a specified date and time and/or teaching a skill related to a specific practice, process, or operation.
  • Distance-learning: MECP can host an off-site program of instruction via the web.
  • Training Scholarships: MECP can provide limited financial support for an individual to attend a training class or workshops.

To request training, please complete the Training Request Form.

Technical Assistance. Training and technical assistance delivered through MECP is tailored to meet the specific needs of your community or jurisdiction. Assistance can take many forms, including:

  • Information Dissemination: MECP can assist agencies and organizations by researching topics and identifying effective strategies and approaches.
  • Focus/Advisory Groups: MECP can facilitate focus and/or advisory meetings to help communities develop strategic plans, gather information, exchange views and provide input and guidance on a particular topic.
  • On-site Study:  MECP can conduct an on-site analysis of an agency’s operations, policy, and programs.
  • Peer-to-Peer site visits: MECP can identify evidence-based programs and facilitate a site visit between two organizations for the purpose of improving knowledge and understanding of a comparable programs or operations.
  • Office-based TA: MECP can connect criminal justice practitioners to others to generate discussions and collaboration on solutions to issues.

To request technical assistance, please complete the Technical Assistance Form.

Conference support. MECP can provide assistance in support of your training events and conferences. support includes:

  • Speaker and presenter assistance: MECP can provide speakers, instructors and trainers for missing and exploited children-related workshops and training events.
  • Logistical support: MECP can provide consultants to facilitate meetings and/or juvenile justice-related focus groups or outreach sessions. MECP can also provide the services of staff or a consultant to assist a state or local agency, task force, committee or planning group with organizational activities.
  • Curriculum and agenda development: MECP can assist with the development of curricula for training events and conferences. Services include adding a module to or adapting an existing curriculum for a new audience, as well as incorporating instructional objectives, content, strategies and evaluation methods into an existing training course or workshop.

To request conference support, please complete the Conference Support Assistance Form.