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Sunday, 26 July 2009 09:52

The AMBER Alert System began in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed up with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children.  AMBER stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response. Modeled after the Texas program, the New York State AMBER Alert Plan is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement, broadcasters and others to immediately involve the public, especially motorists, in the search for an abducted child.


Once NTPD has been notified about an abducted child, we must first determine if the case meets the AMBER Alert program’s criteria.  The following criteria for issuing an AMBER Alert must be met:

  • There is reasonable belief by law enforcement an abduction has occurred
  • The abduction is of a child age 17 years or younger
  • The law enforcement agency believes the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death
  • There is enough descriptive information about the victim and abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child
  • The child’s name and other critical data elements.
 In the event you spot a child, adult, or vehicle fitting the AMBER Alert description, immediately call the telephone number given in the AMBER Alert and provide authorities with as much information as you know.  For further information regarding AMBER Alerts or any active Alerts at this time, go to www.amber.ny.gov or www.missingkids.com .