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Course Goal: This 8-hour course was designed to prepare Law Enforcement Agencies to respond and take correct initial actions in starting an investigation and search for lost/missing individuals and will have a specific focus on search for individuals with dementia and autism. This course will cover the duties of an incident commander in a SAR incident, incident size-up, mission documentation, initials search tactics and the practical applications of lost person behavior in both lecture and hands-on tabletop sessions based on real missions. After the completion of the course, students will be able to plot theoretical and statistical search areas, identify the highest probability areas to deploy SAR resources, have direction as to additional investigation paths and rapidly field tasks to ensure the best possible outcome for the subject.

Target Audience: State, county and local government law enforcement, emergency managers, other emergency management staff, including but not limited to fire service, emergency medical services, public health, public works and other local government employees responsible for assisting before, during or after an emergency.

Required Prerequisites: None.

Registration: Please register at the link below. You will receive a “Welcome Email” prior to the class start date.

For questions or concerns, please contact the NJOEM Training & Exercise Unit: FieldTrainingUnit@njsp.gov