There Isn't an AMBER Alert for Every Child Who Goes Missing. Here's Why

What are the criteria for an America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert?

AMBER alert criteria are put in place by each state. While most states follow the recommended guidelines provided by the Department of Justice, some criteria differ slightly in different states and municipalities. In Oregon, the criteria include:

• Law enforcement officials confirm a child has been abducted; and • The child is 17 years or younger; and • Law enforcement officials believe that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death; and • 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; and • 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.



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