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NCJ Number: 208481 Find in a Library
Title: AMBER Alert: Best Practices Guide for Broadcasters and Other Media Outlets
Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: April 2005
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Format: Document - Designates non-commercial publications, such as Government and gray literature reports.
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide presents best practices for media outlets that broadcast AMBER (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) alerts.
Abstract: Since 74 percent of children who are kidnapped and murdered are killed within the first 3 hours of being taken, early involvement by media outlets is crucial. During missing child emergencies, the media becomes the conduit of information between law enforcement officials and the public. Following a brief history of the AMBER alert system, the guide underscores the need for partnerships among law enforcement, broadcasters, transportation departments, and State and Federal officials to make the AMBER system successful. Guidance is offered for the development of effective partnerships, including tips for creating memoranda’s of understanding and after-action reports. Other considerations for the effective use of the AMBER alert system include the need for consensus regarding the roles and responsibilities of all partners, the importance of verifying information to be broadcast, and the content and frequency of the message itself. In the end, the most crucial component of effective AMBER alert systems is open communication between broadcasters and law enforcement officials. Resources
Main Term(s): Media coverage; Missing children
Index Term(s): Kidnapping; Model programs
Note: For Spanish version see NCJ-209519.
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