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Amber Alert Program Criteria

#1    03/13/2003  Redmond, OR 
#2   04/05/2003 Salem, OR 
#3   12/01/2003   
Grants Pass, OR
#4    03/10/2004  Washington
#5     03/19/2004  Shady Cove, OR
#6    04/20/2004 Josephine Co, OR
#7    04/24/2004 Eugene, OR
#8   08/09/2004 California
#9    10/14/2004 Mt. Angel, OR
#10   09/19/2005  Salem, OR
#11   11/14/2005 Hillsboro, OR
#12   04/18/2006 Vancouver, WA
#13   03/02/2009 California
#14   04/22/2009 Hines, OR 
#15   07/22/2009 Milwaukie, OR
#16   03/01/2011 Chehalis, WA
#1​7 ​  08/03/2012 Longview, WA
#18   09/01/2012 Eugene, OR
#​19 ​  01/23/2013 ​​The Dalles, OR
​#20   08/07/2013 ​California
#21 ​​  10/12/2013 Gresham, OR
#22   12/05/2013 ​Kennewick, WA
#23 ​  05/14/2015 ​North Bend, OR
#24 ​  05/20/2015 ​Nampa, ID
#25 ​  09/06/2015 ​Eugene, OR
#26 ​​  10/13/2015​ ​Yakima, WA

Activated Alerts as of Oct. 2015:
        Children      Recovered:

The AMBER Alert program, also known as America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response Plan, is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice. It is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters and transportation agencies to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious-child abduction cases where there is enough information to make the alert effective. Local networks cover all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Nationally, there have been over 650 children safety recovered because of the AMBER Alert program.

2016 AMBER Alert Plan & Manual

Oregon State Police (OSP) is the designated law enforcement agency which local law enforcement agencies contact to initiate and activate an AMBER Alert in our state based upon the following criteria:

•Law enforcement officials have confirmed a child has been abducted; and

•The child is 17 years or younger; and

•Law enforcement officials believe that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death; and

•There is adequate descriptive information available to believe that its dissemination to the public could help locate the child, suspect, and/or suspect's vehicle; and

•The child's name and other critical data elements - including the child abduction (CA) and AMBER Alert (AA) flags must be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.

Growing technology has expanded the AMBER Alert program to provide additional secondary distribution avenues broadening public notification beyond traditional media notifications and the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which broadcasts alerts over radio and television.

Today, an important secondary distribution avenue is through the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) program which is also known as the Commercial Mobile Alert System. The WEA program is operated by FEMA to distribute notifications from authorized federal, state, local and tribal government agencies that alert customers with capable devices of imminent threats to safety or an emergency message. WEA messages are intended as a supplement to the existing EAS. Additional information about the WEA program is available at http://www.missingkids.com/gethelpnow/amber/wea.

In Oregon, once a law enforcement agency investigation confirmed a child abduction has occurred, the lead agency contacts the OSP Criminal Investigations Division to review the investigative facts. Upon determination the case meets criteria for an AMBER Alert in Oregon, the following steps are taken: 

·         OSP enters information into a web portal so that AMBER Alert details are sent to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), where those details are displayed on the NCMEC website: (http://www.missingkids.com/gethelpnow/amber), and also distributed by NCMEC to many other informational outlets.  The AMBER Alert information can also be forwarded directly to citizens who register with NCMEC.  Registration details can be found on NCMEC website: (http://www.missingkids.com/gethelpnow/amber)Citizens can elect to receive direct AMBER Alerts to their email, cell phones, and other devices in a variety of options explained on the NCMEC website. 

·         OSP notifies Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) to initiate broadcast of EAS message

·         OSP notifies Oregon Department of Transportation for placement of information on highway variable message signs

·         OSP AMBER Alert Coordinator notifies NCMEC, which redistributes the alerts, per a request by the U.S. Department of Justice, to a network of secondary distributors that includes internet service providers, digital billboards, and others. This notification includes information for consideration to be sent out through the WEA program. The decision on what goes out in WEA is made by each state’s AMBER Alert program coordinator.

·         OSP and/or the lead law enforcement agency send news release announcing activation and deactivation of the AMBER Alert. During activation, update news release(s) may be sent with important information needed to help safely recover the child.

 Additional assistance that OSP may provide includes:

      ·         Deploying CID detective(s) and analyst to assist lead agency.

·         Activation of AMBER Alert TIP line phone number (1-866-5AMBER5 / 1-866-526-2375) and forwarding calls to lead agency.

·         If requested, activation of OSP Call Center with trained call takers who will receive and forward tips to lead agency.

Throughout each year, an AMBER Alert Review Committee meets as needed to review all requests, whether an AMBER Alert is activated or not, for lessons learned that will help maintain the program’s integrity and the public’s confidence.