skip navigation

Justinfo Subscribe to Stay Informed

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


NCJRS Abstract


Subscribe to Stay Informed
Want to be in the know? JUSTINFO is a biweekly e-newsletter containing information about new publications, events, training, funding opportunities, and Web-based resources available from the NCJRS Federal sponsors. Sign up to get JUSTINFO in your inbox.

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection.
To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database.

How to Obtain Documents
NCJ Number: NCJ 232271   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: AMBER Alert Best Practices
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Donna Uzzell
  Project Director: Phil Keith
Date Published: 05/2012
Page Count: 64
  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 resources ; Media coverage ; Media support ; Community involvement ; Community crime prevention programs ; Research uses in policymaking ; Private sector-government cooperation ; Missing children ; OJJDP grant-related documents ; Community Responses (crime prevention)
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
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
Type: Program/Project Description
Country: United States of America
Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

* A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's web site is provided.