Amber Alert

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AMBER stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response Alert.

AMBER Alert is a critical missing child response tool combining resources of law enforcement and media. AMBER Alerts notify the public to be on the lookout due to an urgent bulletin of a serious child abduction case and to report any information observed. The goal is to immediately involve the public, especially motorists, in the search for an abducted child. Only a Law Enforcement Official can request an AMBER Alert with the following criteria:

The child is 17 years or younger·

Law Enforcement Officials believe that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death

There is adequate descriptive information available to believe that its dissemination to the public could help locate the child, suspect, and/or suspect’s vehicle

The child’s name and other critical data elements- including the child abduction (CA) and AMBER Alert (AA) flags must be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.

Statistics show that time is our greatest adversary when a child has been abducted.

For more information about the AMBER Alert system visit OSP’s website:

Mindy McCartt

I am the Communications Director for the Oregon State Police.

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