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Utah’s AMBER Alert and Endangered Person Advisory Baseline Inquiry
Introduction <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>AMBER Alert plans </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Activatio...
Background <ul><li>Utah adopted the AMBER plan April 2, 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Known as Rachael Alert </li></ul><ul><li>Ut...
Rachael <ul><li>Rachael Marie Runyan was abducted from Sunset, Utah on August 26, 1982 while playing with her two brothers...
 
Background con’t <ul><li>1 year after Rachael Alert was adopted, name changed to AMBER Alert </li></ul><ul><li>Utah citize...
Background con’t <ul><li>Utah is the only state that lets law enforcement initiate an AMBER Alert without other authorizat...
First AMBER Alert Plan <ul><li>First AMBER Alert created in 1996 in Arlington, Texas </li></ul><ul><li>9 year old Amber Ha...
Nationwide <ul><li>Total Plans Nationwide -120 </li></ul><ul><li>Statewide Plans -53 </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Plans -29 ...
Nationwide <ul><li>No nationwide AMBER plan </li></ul><ul><li>States criteria similar </li></ul><ul><li>Some states strict...
International Plans <ul><li>Greece </li></ul><ul><li>Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Netherlands </li></ul><ul><li>Australia </li...
Utah Public Service Announcement
Criteria for AMBER Alert <ul><li>Believed to be a child abduction? </li></ul><ul><li>Child 17 years of age or younger  </l...
AMBER Alert Protocol <ul><li>Criteria met </li></ul><ul><li>Law Enforcement Authorization </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory call...
BCI and the EAS  <ul><li>BCI initiating agency for Emergency Alert System </li></ul><ul><li>System notifies all broadcaste...
<ul><li>Highway signs </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone, e-mail messages </li></ul><ul><li>6,000 plus citizens signed up to rec...
BCI’s Role <ul><li>Provide agency support </li></ul><ul><li>Help with AMBER entry </li></ul><ul><li>Help with NCIC entry <...
UTAH AMBER ALERT ACTIVATED ABDUCTION DATE/TIME/LOC: 08242007  1109  200 WEST VEHICLE/ COLOR/TAN-GRY STATE/UT  YEAR/1990 MA...
Amber Alert Issued for Missing 5-Year-Old Girl
Policy <ul><li>Every law enforcement agency should have AMBER Alert policy </li></ul><ul><li>On-going training and updatin...
What is an Endangered Person Advisory?
Endangered Person Advisory <ul><li>Disseminates info to media and law enforcement </li></ul><ul><li>Missing or endangered ...
Endangered Adults <ul><li>Abducted clerk from a convenience store </li></ul><ul><li>Elderly individual with Alzheimer's </...
EPA Guidelines <ul><li>Person is missing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family believes circumstances are suspicious </li></ul></ul...
EPA Guidelines con’t <ul><li>Individuals that don’t meet AMBER Alert criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Law enforcement believes m...
<ul><li>Law enforcement transmits in-state broadcast with  EPA  transaction </li></ul><ul><li>Contact BCI to advise us of ...
<ul><li>All law enforcement notified </li></ul><ul><li>Media notified </li></ul>What Happens with EPA?
<ul><li>Activate EAS </li></ul><ul><li>Use highway signs </li></ul><ul><li>No BCI reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Activate cell ...
SANDY CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, UT0180500 ******ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY******* USE CAUTION, SUICIDAL/VIOLENT TENENCIES PE...
Who would qualify?
Springville man returns home after missing for almost 24 hours
Scenarios
Scenario 1 <ul><li>A mother reports that her 5-year-old </li></ul><ul><li>daughter has been abducted by her ex </li></ul><...
Issues for Discussion   <ul><li>What are the key issues to be considered? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you issue an AMBER alert or...
Scenario 2 <ul><li>An 18 year-old mentally challenged female is reported missing from her care facility. She is believed t...
Issues for Discussion   <ul><li>What are the key issues to be considered? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you issue an AMBER alert or...
Scenario 3 <ul><li>A father wakes up at 7:00 a.m. and notices his 15 year old daughter is missing. She has had a relations...
Issues for Discussion   <ul><li>What are the key issues to be considered? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you issue an AMBER alert or...
Federal Laws <ul><li>Protect Act 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory entry into NCIC  within  2 hours of being reported </li>...
Federal Laws (con’t) <ul><li>Adam Walsh Child Protection Safety Act of 2006 (amended the protect Act) </li></ul><ul><li>Su...
Additional Information <ul><li>Utah Missing Person Clearinghouse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gina McNeil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
Additional Information <ul><li>Additional information can be found on these websites or contact Gina McNeil Utah Missing P...
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Utah Amber Alert

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Utah Amber Alert

  1. 1. Utah’s AMBER Alert and Endangered Person Advisory Baseline Inquiry
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>AMBER Alert plans </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Activation </li></ul><ul><li>Endangered Person Advisory </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>Utah adopted the AMBER plan April 2, 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Known as Rachael Alert </li></ul><ul><li>Utah 5 th state to adopt statewide plan </li></ul><ul><li>First Rachael Alert June 5, 2002 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Rachael <ul><li>Rachael Marie Runyan was abducted from Sunset, Utah on August 26, 1982 while playing with her two brothers at a park </li></ul><ul><li>Rachael's body was found 24 days later in Weber Canyon </li></ul><ul><li>Abduction and murder remain unsolved </li></ul>
  5. 6. Background con’t <ul><li>1 year after Rachael Alert was adopted, name changed to AMBER Alert </li></ul><ul><li>Utah citizens could identify child abduction alert by AMBER Alert </li></ul>
  6. 7. Background con’t <ul><li>Utah is the only state that lets law enforcement initiate an AMBER Alert without other authorization </li></ul>
  7. 8. First AMBER Alert Plan <ul><li>First AMBER Alert created in 1996 in Arlington, Texas </li></ul><ul><li>9 year old Amber Hagerman abducted while riding her bike </li></ul><ul><li>Brutally murdered and the case remains unsolved </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens and broadcasters outraged and wanted to do something </li></ul>
  8. 9. Nationwide <ul><li>Total Plans Nationwide -120 </li></ul><ul><li>Statewide Plans -53 </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Plans -29 </li></ul><ul><li>Local Plans -38 </li></ul><ul><li>Texas, Ohio, and Florida have regional, local and statewide Alert </li></ul>
  9. 10. Nationwide <ul><li>No nationwide AMBER plan </li></ul><ul><li>States criteria similar </li></ul><ul><li>Some states stricter </li></ul><ul><li>AMBER plans being adopted in Indian country </li></ul>
  10. 11. International Plans <ul><li>Greece </li></ul><ul><li>Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Netherlands </li></ul><ul><li>Australia </li></ul><ul><li>Germany </li></ul><ul><li>France </li></ul><ul><li>UK </li></ul>
  11. 12. Utah Public Service Announcement
  12. 13. Criteria for AMBER Alert <ul><li>Believed to be a child abduction? </li></ul><ul><li>Child 17 years of age or younger </li></ul><ul><li>Victim believed to be facing imminent danger, serious bodily injury or death? </li></ul><ul><li>Information available to assist in safe recovery of the victim or location of a suspect or person of interest? </li></ul>
  13. 14. AMBER Alert Protocol <ul><li>Criteria met </li></ul><ul><li>Law Enforcement Authorization </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory call to BCI </li></ul><ul><li>UAA transaction on UCJIS entered by agency or dispatch center </li></ul><ul><li>AMBER Alert transmitted </li></ul>
  14. 15. BCI and the EAS <ul><li>BCI initiating agency for Emergency Alert System </li></ul><ul><li>System notifies all broadcasters in Utah the same as a weather notification would </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Highway signs </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone, e-mail messages </li></ul><ul><li>6,000 plus citizens signed up to receive Alerts </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up on BCI’s website </li></ul>Also Activated
  16. 17. BCI’s Role <ul><li>Provide agency support </li></ul><ul><li>Help with AMBER entry </li></ul><ul><li>Help with NCIC entry </li></ul><ul><li>NLETS AMBER Alert regionally or Nationwide </li></ul>
  17. 18. UTAH AMBER ALERT ACTIVATED ABDUCTION DATE/TIME/LOC: 08242007 1109 200 WEST VEHICLE/ COLOR/TAN-GRY STATE/UT YEAR/1990 MAKE/FORD TYPE/4D OTHER VEHICLE IDENTIFIERS/DENT PASSENGER SIDE DOOR, TEMP TAG SUSPECT/ NAME/WHEELWRIGHT,JULIA JASMINE DOB/01271982 AGE/25 HGT/504 WGT/110 HAIR/BRO EYE/BRO SEX/F RACE/I CLOTHING/UNK CLOTHING OTHER IDENTIFIERS/JASMINE TATTOO ACROSS BACK OF NECK, JASMINE ANDMARK TATTOO ON ANKLE VICTIM/SPENS,JASMINE MONIQUE DOB/06162002 AGE/5 HGT/309 WGT/060 HAIR/BRO EYE/HAZ SEX/F RACE/W CLOTHING/WHITE POLO SHIRT WITH UNK TYPE EMBLEM, LIGHT BROWN SHORTS, NO SHOES REMARKS/ 2ND SUSPECT: WATTERS,DONALD LEE 05181980 27 YEARS OLD 510, 180,BLU, BLO CLOTHING: WHITE TANK TOP / POSSIBLE BLACK HOODIETATTOOS: SKULL TATTOO ON RIGHT UPPER ARM. ORI/UT0150000 AGENCY/NSWACD SUBMITTER/KMUNFORD AUTHORIZING ADMINISTRATOR/SHERIFF ERCANBRACK PHONE/8016298221 NIC/M136807035
  18. 19. Amber Alert Issued for Missing 5-Year-Old Girl
  19. 20. Policy <ul><li>Every law enforcement agency should have AMBER Alert policy </li></ul><ul><li>On-going training and updating </li></ul><ul><li>Info for first line officers, administration, dispatch </li></ul><ul><li>Dispatch centers should always be included in agency policy! </li></ul>
  20. 21. What is an Endangered Person Advisory?
  21. 22. Endangered Person Advisory <ul><li>Disseminates info to media and law enforcement </li></ul><ul><li>Missing or endangered persons that do not meet AMBER criteria </li></ul>
  22. 23. Endangered Adults <ul><li>Abducted clerk from a convenience store </li></ul><ul><li>Elderly individual with Alzheimer's </li></ul><ul><li>Missing college student </li></ul><ul><li>Persons that have wandered away from care facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Overdue travelers (weather) </li></ul>
  23. 24. EPA Guidelines <ul><li>Person is missing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family believes circumstances are suspicious </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Person in danger </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mental Disability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weather conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accompanying dangerous person </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. EPA Guidelines con’t <ul><li>Individuals that don’t meet AMBER Alert criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Law enforcement believes missing person needs immediate media attention </li></ul>
  25. 26. <ul><li>Law enforcement transmits in-state broadcast with EPA transaction </li></ul><ul><li>Contact BCI to advise us of EPA </li></ul><ul><li>BCI e-mails Utah media </li></ul><ul><li>Media may contact your agency for more info </li></ul>EPA Process
  26. 27. <ul><li>All law enforcement notified </li></ul><ul><li>Media notified </li></ul>What Happens with EPA?
  27. 28. <ul><li>Activate EAS </li></ul><ul><li>Use highway signs </li></ul><ul><li>No BCI reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Activate cell phones, pagers, e-mails </li></ul>EPA Does Not…
  28. 29. SANDY CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, UT0180500 ******ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY******* USE CAUTION, SUICIDAL/VIOLENT TENENCIES PEACOCK, AUSTIN, M/W, 13 YOA, DOB 03161993, 502/065, BRO/BRO, LSW OFF WHT BUTTONED UP LONG SLEEVE SHIRT, TONY HAWK BRAND, WITH BLU DIAMONDS AND SWIRL PATTERN, BLU JEANS, BLK SOCKS, UNK SHOES WAS JUST RELEASED FROM UNI/PSYCHIATRIC WARD FOR ATTEMPTING SUICIDE WITH A KNIFE/WITH UNK FRIENDS BELIEVED TO POSS BE IN THE SANDY, UTAH AREA NEAR EASTMONT MIDDLE SCHOOL IF LOCATED, PLEASE CONTACT SANDY CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, 801-840-4000- REF SANDY CASE 06E005707
  29. 30. Who would qualify?
  30. 31. Springville man returns home after missing for almost 24 hours
  31. 32. Scenarios
  32. 33. Scenario 1 <ul><li>A mother reports that her 5-year-old </li></ul><ul><li>daughter has been abducted by her ex </li></ul><ul><li>husband and he had threatened to &quot;go </li></ul><ul><li>out in style&quot; if anyone tried to stop him. </li></ul><ul><li>Suspect refused police orders to return </li></ul><ul><li>the girl back home. She has asthma and </li></ul><ul><li>is in need of medication for it </li></ul>
  33. 34. Issues for Discussion <ul><li>What are the key issues to be considered? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you issue an AMBER alert or EPA? </li></ul><ul><li>If not, what actions would you take? </li></ul>
  34. 35. Scenario 2 <ul><li>An 18 year-old mentally challenged female is reported missing from her care facility. She is believed to be in the company of a 68-year-old registered sex offender. Her case worker indicated that she has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old </li></ul>
  35. 36. Issues for Discussion <ul><li>What are the key issues to be considered? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you issue an AMBER alert or EPA? </li></ul><ul><li>If not, what actions would you take? </li></ul>
  36. 37. Scenario 3 <ul><li>A father wakes up at 7:00 a.m. and notices his 15 year old daughter is missing. She has had a relationship with a violent felon that has family ties in Mexico. He contacts police. It has now been at least 12 hours. She is sending text messages to her sister saying she is ok and they are heading to Mexico. Her cell phone is traced in another state </li></ul>
  37. 38. Issues for Discussion <ul><li>What are the key issues to be considered? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you issue an AMBER alert or EPA? </li></ul><ul><li>If not, what actions would you take? </li></ul>
  38. 39. Federal Laws <ul><li>Protect Act 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory entry into NCIC within 2 hours of being reported </li></ul><ul><li>No agency can remove a missing person from NCIC no matter the age if they have not been located </li></ul>
  39. 40. Federal Laws (con’t) <ul><li>Adam Walsh Child Protection Safety Act of 2006 (amended the protect Act) </li></ul><ul><li>Suzanne’s Law (Mandatory entry into NCIC under age of 21) </li></ul>
  40. 41. Additional Information <ul><li>Utah Missing Person Clearinghouse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gina McNeil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>801-965-4686 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>801-652-6287 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.amberalert.gov </li></ul><ul><li>http://publicsafety.utah.gov/bci/ </li></ul>
  41. 42. Additional Information <ul><li>Additional information can be found on these websites or contact Gina McNeil Utah Missing Persons Clearinghouse gmcneil@utah.gov </li></ul><ul><li>(801) 965-4686 or (801) 652-6287 </li></ul><ul><li>www.amberalert.gov </li></ul><ul><li>http://publicsafety.utah.gov/bci </li></ul>

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