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NCJ Number: 221762 Find in a Library
Title: Amber Alert: Bringing Abducted Children Home
Corporate Author: US Dept of Justice Office of Communications
United States of America
Date Published: April 2005
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
US Dept of Justice Office of Communications
Washington, DC 20531
Publication Number: BC000712
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Factsheet
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This pamphlet provides individuals with a brief, yet comprehensive description of AMBER Alert, an early warning system to help find abducted children.
Abstract: AMBER Alert was created in 1996 after 9-year old Amber Hagerman was kidnapped and murdered in Arlington, TX. AMBER Alert is a voluntary partnership involving law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and transportation agencies. During an AMBER Alert, an urgent news bulletin is broadcast in many formats, such as the airwaves and highway alert signs to enlist the help of the public in finding an abducted child/children and stopping the perpetrator(s). Before an AMBER Alert is triggered, law enforcement must determine if the case meets AMBER Alert criteria, criteria recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice. AMBER Alerts are issued by a law enforcement agency in cooperation with the media only if the circumstances surrounding a child’s disappearance meet the AMBER Alert criteria. The goal of AMBER Alert is to recover abducted children before they meet physical harm. AMBER Alert encourages everyone to be on the lookout for the abducted child and suspect. List of resources
Main Term(s): Missing children; Police-media relations
Index Term(s): Child Abduction; Child victims; Crime prevention measures; Media coverage; Media support; Missing person investigation; Police crime-prevention; Public information
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