Child Abduction Response Team


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Who We Are

The Pierce County Regional Child Abduction Response Team is a multi-jurisdictional team trained in responding to missing and abducted children throughout Pierce County.

  • Bonney Lake Police Department
  • Fife Police Department
  • Lakewood Police Department
  • Pierce County Sheriff's Department
  • Puyallup Police Department
  • Sumner Police Department
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • South Sound 911
  • Pierce County Department of Emergency Management
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord Military Police
  • United States Army Criminal Investigations Division
  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The team is compromised of over 150 members from the participating departments who are trained and experienced in a variety of law enforcement skills necessary to effectively respond to and investigate a large scale child abduction incident.
Our team member include experts in:
  • Search and Rescue
  • K-9 tracking
  • Crime scene forensics
  • Polygraph examinations
  • Homicide investigations
  • Special assault investigations
  • Crimes against children
  • Missing and exploited children
  • Sex Offenders
  • Intelligence gathering
  • Computer forensics
  • Cell phone forensics
  • SWAT
  • AMBER Alerts
  • Victim Resources

What We Do

In 2015 the Pierce County Regional Child Abduction Response Team will be assessed for federal certification by the United States Department of Justice and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Once the team receives the federal certification, the team will be available to respond to child abductions throughout Pierce County if their assistance is requested by the originating law enforcement agency where the crime occurred.

Any of the following incidents may initiate assistance and/or coordination involving team members:
  • The non-family abduction of a minor child
  • The abduction of a minor child with endangerment circumstances. The child’s disappearance or abduction shall meet the endangerment criteria if the child’s life or well-being is perceived to be at risk due to violence or health conditions, or if the identified parental abductor has a potential for violence or could endanger the child; or
  • Any other abduction or missing child investigation that requires immediate response in order to protect the well-being of the child.
PCR-CART team members are authorized to assist in investigations where an AMBER Alert has not been activated by a law enforcement agency.

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