The Amber Alert System is a critical missing child response program that utilizes the resources of law enforcement and media to notify the public when children are kidnapped by predators.
Amber Alert Criteria
Although the scope of the Amber Alert varies, the criteria for activation are fairly consistent.
Whether it is a local, regional or statewide program, law enforcement activates an Amber Alert by notifying broadcast media with relevant identifying and case information when circumstances meets the following criteria:
Once they receive the Amber Alert radio and television stations interrupt regularly scheduled programming to notify the public that a child has been kidnapped. Because 95% of all people driving in their cars listen to the radio, this is an extremely effective way of providing descriptions of the child, the kidnapper, vehicles or accomplices.
Amber Alert System Benefits
Besides turning the public into instant investigators when children are kidnapped, benefits of the Amber Alert include:
Amber Alert History
Initially prompted by citizen concerns following the tragic 1996 kidnapping and murder of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman in Arlington, Texas, the concept has been embraced by all segments of society.
A sampling of the pro-active, diversified citizens inspired to implement variations on the Amber Alert include:
Because progress in the effort to recover kidnapped children is glacial, great ideas like the Amber Alert should be enthusiastically embraced, supported and promoted whenever possible. Had the Amber Alert existed when Polly Klaas was kidnapped in 1993, she might very well be alive today. Although law enforcement had her killer in their custody within sixty minutes of the crime, they helped him pull his car out of a ditch instead of arresting him because they were unaware that a child had been kidnapped.
Our goal is to protect every child with one of the most brilliant ideas yet devised in the battle to recover kidnapped children.
So, in order to remain current we encourage law enforcement agencies, broadcast media and the public to provide updated information that we may include in our comparative analysis of the Amber Alert.
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Last Modified: Sunday, March 03, 2013