Do You Know AMBER? The AMBER (America’s Missing: BroadcastEmergency Response) Alert System
My Child is Missing• The words can strike terror into a parent or guardian to just think them – I need an AMBER Alert • The AMBER (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert System• It means a child has gone missing• It means Law Enforcement is looking as hard as possible for the missing child• It means Billboards have been activated• New media have been contacted• It Means secondary and third party distributors have been contacted• OR DOES IT !!!!!
AMBER Alert• It means panic• It means second guessing yourself• It means YOUR CHILD MEETS CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS FOR AN AMBER ALERT TO BE ISSUED• Certain Criteria ????????????????
Do you know AMBER? Americas Missing Broadcast Emergency Response• Not every child who is reported and verified missing is an AMBER Alert• Did you know this?• over 2000 children per DAY are reported to Law Enforcement as missing• in 2009 over 800,000 children were reported missing.
Summary of Department of Justice Recommended Criteria There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred. The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child. The abduction is of a child aged 17 years or younger. The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.
• Guidelines for Issuing AMBER Alerts Every successful AMBER plan contains clearly defined activation criteria. The following guidance is designed to achieve a uniform, interoperable network of plans across the country, and to minimize potentially deadly delays because of confusion among varying jurisdictions. The following are criteria• Risk of Serious Bodily Injury or Death Plans require a child be at risk for serious bodily harm or death before an alert can be issued. Sufficient Descriptive Information For an AMBER Alert to be effective in recovering a missing child, the law enforcement agency must have enough information to believe that an immediate broadcast to the public will enhance the efforts of law enforcement to locate the child and apprehend the suspect. Age of Child Every state adopt the “17 years of age or younger” standard; or, at a minimum, agree to honor the request of any other state to issue an AMBER Alert, even if the case does not meet the responding state’s age criterion, as long as it meets the age criterion of the requesting state. Most AMBER plans call for activation of the alert for children under a certain age. The problem is that age can vary---some plans specify 10, some 12, some 14, 15, and 16. Differences in age requirements create confusion when an activation requires multiple alerts across states and jurisdictions. Overuse of the AMBER Alert system will undermine its effectiveness as a tool for recovering abducted children. NCIC Data Entry Immediately enter AMBER Alert data into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system. Text information describing the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the child should be entered, and the case flagged as a Child Abduction.
What if All of this criteria is not met?• When a child is reported missing to NCMEC, the child is categorized into one of four types of cases:• endangered runaway;• family abduction;• lost,• injured, or otherwise missing• and• non-family abduction.
• National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®• Best-Practices Guide for Child ID Kits• One of the most important tools for law enforcement to use in the• recovery of a missing child is an up-to-date, good-quality photograph• along with descriptive information. A Child ID Kit should be a simple• yet effective tool in helping families maintain a current photograph of• and descriptive information about their children. The method should be• streamlined for ease of use, because this information can greatly assist• law enforcement in finding a child when disseminated in a timely• manner. The Child ID Kit should be made available at little or no cost.• 1. Recent, Accurate, and Good Quality Image of Child• 2. Recent, Accurate, and Good Quality Descriptive Information• 3. Additional Identifying Information• 4. Information Maintained by Parents/Guardians• All copies of the child’s photos and descriptive and identifying information should• be maintained by the parent and/or guardian only and should be secure and• readily accessible.• 5. Ease of Use and Information Distribution
The AMBER Alert program was developed after 9 year old AMBERHagerman was abducted and then murdered in 1995.In July of 1996 The AMBER Alert program was developed through apresentation at a symposium in Arlington, Texas.As a result of this meeting the AMBER Hagerman Child Protection Actwas signed into law by President Clinton in October 1996.Until 1998 AMBER Alerts were distributed manually to radio stationsthat chose to participate in the program. It was then that the firstAutomated Notification System was put in place that notifiedcommunities that children were missing.Automation expanded it to include Radio, TV, Pagers, Fax, E-mail andCell Phone message. Now they include Internet.AMBER Alert is also an acronym for “America’s Missing: BroadcastingEmergency Response. “