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Title: AMBER Alert Best Practices
Author(s): Donna Uzzell
Project Director: Phil Keith
Date Published: May 2012
Page Count: 64
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
Grant Number: 2008-MC-CX-K028
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: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document (Online) - Designates documents available online, such as a PDF (URL access). ; Document - Designates non-commercial publications, such as Government and gray literature reports.
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide is a compilation of what AMBER Alert partners have indicated constitutes an effective and efficient program of responding to cases of child abduction.
Abstract: The AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary partnership that involves law enforcement, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry. It is designed to disseminate timely, accurate information about abducted children, the suspected abductors, and the vehicle used in the commission of the crime. During an AMBER Alert, an urgent news bulletin is broadcast over the airwave and by text message, as well as on highway alert signs, so as to immediately enlist the aid of the public in finding an abducted child and taking the alleged perpetrator into custody. Participants and experts who attended a federally sponsored national AMBER Alert conference identified emerging practices that have improved the ability of law enforcement, other stakeholders, and partners in safely recovering missing and abducted children. This report provides an overview of “what works” in the context of the AMBER Alert based on what was discussed during the conference as well as the experience and knowledge gained since the inception of the first AMBER Alert plan. The chapters of this guide address the role of law enforcement agencies in the AMBER Alert system, partnerships with the media, the role of a public information officer, effective messaging strategies, the role of the AMBER Alert coordinator, and how to improve an existing AMBER Alert system through interstate networking, community awareness strategies, and training. A listing of additional resources and notes
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Community involvement; Community resources; Community Responses (crime prevention); Media coverage; Media support; Missing children; OJJDP grant-related documents; Private sector-government cooperation; Research uses in policymaking
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