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PostSubject: Criteria For Activation   Amber Alert Icon_minitimeFri Sep 18, 2009 6:26 am


Criteria For Activation
To activate the alert the following five (5) criteria must be met.

The child must be under 18 years of age.

There must be a clear indication of an abduction.

The law enforcement agency's investigation must conclude that the child's life is in danger.

There must be a detailed description of child and/or abductor/vehicle to broadcast to the public (photo when available).

The activation must be recommended by the local law enforcement agency of jurisdiction.

Note: Not to be used for Runaway

Steps For Activation
The Amber alert can only be activated by law enforcement.

The local law enforcement agency will call the FDLE Missing Children Information Clearinghouse (MCIC) at 1-888-356-4774.

The FDLE will work in conjunction with the local law enforcement agency of jurisdiction to determine if information is to be broadcast on a regional or statewide basis.

The FDLE working in conjunction with the local law enforcement agency of jurisdiction will prepare information (i.e., child, suspect and/or vehicle, contact information) for public distribution.

The FDLE will ensure that the information is broadcast through the Emergency Alert System, Dynamic Message Signs, lottery machines, http://www.missingchildrenalert.com , and other resources.

Make Use Of All Available Resources

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (Florida Branch 1-561-848-1900)

Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abductions 1-800-JIM-RYCE (546-7923)

Child Watch (Orlando) 1-800-928-2445

A Child is Missing, Inc. 1-888-875-2246

FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime 1-800-634-4097

If you have any questions about the Florida Amber Plan, please contact the FDLE/MCIC at 1-888-356-4774 or http://www.fdle.state.fl.us
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PostSubject: Re: Amber Alert   Amber Alert Icon_minitimeFri Sep 18, 2009 6:41 am

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PostSubject: Re: Amber Alert   Amber Alert Icon_minitimeFri Sep 18, 2009 6:41 am

Here is a site that I signed up for awhile ago that will send you notifications of sex predators in your area. It shows address, picture of predator and what they were convicted of.

They email you when one has moved in and out of your area. It was shocking to see how many live close to me and I live close to an elementary school. The pictures are helpful to know who you may be looking out for. GREAT site. I highly recommend it.

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PostSubject: Re: Amber Alert   Amber Alert Icon_minitimeFri Sep 18, 2009 6:42 am

AMBER Alert Program


Opt in to receive Wireless AMBER Alerts as text messages on your cell phone! This free public service is offered in partnership by The Wireless Foundation, the membership of CTIA-The Wireless Association®️ and the U.S. Department of Justice to deliver AMBER Alerts

Sign up now at www.wirelessamberalerts.org or through a participating wireless carrier.

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Add an AMBER Alert Google Gadget to your iGoogle or Web page.

The AMBER Alert Program, named for 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and transportation agencies to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to air a description of the abducted child and suspected abductor. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child.

AMBER Plan Statistics

Successful Recoveries 443
Total Plans Nationwide 120
Statewide Plans 53
Regional Plans 29
Local Plans 38
Updated March 4, 2009
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PostSubject: Re: Amber Alert   Amber Alert Icon_minitimeFri Oct 09, 2009 1:16 pm

Free Albums & Flyers


Would you like to join the national effort in helping to bring missing children home to their families?

It's hard for us to read the statistics above. One wonders how the families of these children feel. As you can tell from recent news coverage of missing and murdered children from various parts of the U.S., child abduction is a real issue for many families with children. Photo identification is often the main reason missing children are found alive and well.

The urge to help another human being and do something good is something every person will feel someday.

Here's your chance to help. The best thing about helping is that you don't have to donate any money,

just your time and prayers.

By helping with photo dissemination throughout your community and offering prayers for their safe return home. Together, we can all make a big difference in a missing child's life.

Please visit the Polly Klaas Foundation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

to learn how to help with photo distribution today;

they will guide you step by step in learning how to make a difference.

Let's join together and put a stop to child abduction around the world. A missing child's flyer distributed by you could help locate a small child and bring them home to their family in no time. A little effort from us could save a child's life.

Photo identification helps bring missing children home

The free albums that we are distributing nationwide contains pictures of missing children that have been reported as missing by their families to law enforcement. It is our fondest hope that by looking through these free picture albums, that someone may recognize a missing child and alert the authorities and law enforcement as soon as possible. Many thanks to the Polly Klaas Foundation for guiding us.

Our mission is to create and mail out as many of these free albums with photos of missing children as we can. We do not seek donations for this purpose, as we are not a non-profit, and are funding this mission on our own. This album can also be placed at your place of work or business so that people can go through it and perhaps recognize a missing child. Each album contains the photos of many missing, lost, abducted, molested and murdered children from each state in the U.S. Some are runaways and some have been abducted by total strangers from right outside their homes.

Whether this album is placed in a place of worship or your business/work place, it can make a big difference in a missing child's life. We are trying to raise awareness about this tragic issue and yet easily avoidable problem by creating special Prayer Albums containing photos of missing children for churches, synagogues and temples around the nation so that people can offer silent prayer for the missing as well as flip through the album and see if they recognize a child.

Please offer prayer

The churches and places of worship that have accepted this Free Missing Children's Prayer Album have chosen to place it in their prayer rooms or devotion area where prayers are said for the children 24 hours a day. People are then invited to look through the album and say a prayer or two of their own.

If you'd like to help, please get in touch with us and let us know if your local church (its size or denomination do not matter), synagogue or temple will agree to place a Free Missing Children's Prayer Album in a quiet corner so prayers can be said for the children whose faces adorn the inside of the album. It will be sent out to you for FREE by us. This is a non-religious effort and people from all religions and faiths from around the world are invited to help save the life of a missing child.

No money is involved and we are not asking for donations, only your time, prayers and help.

We will carry all preparatory and mailing costs. It doesn't matter which state you're from. All you have to do is talk to the folks at your chosen place of worship and ask them to place this special Free Missing Children's Prayer Album there. If you'd like to place the flyers of missing children in your state at your work place, local gas station, business or local Boys and Girls Club, pre-printed flyers will be sent out to you.

Each album sent out every year will be dedicated to the memory of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford of Homossasa, Florida, and 9-year-old Dylan Groene of Idaho.

Please email us or write to us at the following address for more information on how to help:

Prayer Albums and Flyers for Missing Children
P. O. Box 11003
Scottsdale, Arizona 85271

If you are unable to place one of our Free Missing Children's Prayer Albums at your place of worship, then we invite you to say a prayer privately and light a small white candle for all those children who have gone missing and are lost.

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PostSubject: Re: Amber Alert   Amber Alert Icon_minitimeFri Oct 09, 2009 3:35 pm

What is a Amber Alert?

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Shreveport police on scene in the 400 block of Forest Avenue after finding a 12-year-old girl, who was reported missing February 5 in Shreveport. (Jim Hudelson/The Times)

What is an Amber Alert?
It is a statewide, cohesive effort between law enforcement and broadcasters, whose goal is to safely locate an abducted child within the critical two-to-three hour time period following an abduction. It is an investigative tool and not designed to be relied upon as the sole means of recovery.
Following an initial alert, an Amber Alert is broadcast every 20 minutes during the first three hours and every 30 minutes thereafter for the next two hours or until such time that an "end of alert" message is issued by Louisiana state police.

2007 Amber Alert Facts
(For U.S. states and territories)
Amber Alerts: 227
Children involved: 278
Children recovered: 223 (within 72 hours)
Children recovered dead: 6 (one was a victim of a registered sex offender)
Stranger abductions: 94
Family abductions: 106
Abductions involving registered sex offender: 6
State with most Amber Alerts: Texas (30)
States with least Amber Alerts: 15 states and territories, including Alaska and Puerto Rico, had none; Louisiana (1)
Source: U.S. Department of Justice 2007 Amber Alert report

Parent tips
If your child is lost or missing, report it immediately to police. It's vital police enter the child's information into the National Crime Information Center database, which is utilized by law enforcement across the country.
Be certain to inform police of nicknames a child might answer to, about friends, family or other people who are part of the child's life, and the child's habits.
Keep a current photograph of your child on hand. Be sure to record their height and weight, and keep a copy of their fingerprints. Update the information regularly.

Source: Local law enforcement

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Question and answer with Louisiana state police Amber Alert coordinator Sgt. Julie Lewis
Question: Are all missing child alerts "” statewide, regional or local "” done through the state police? Are there any circumstances an alert might be issued without state police authorization?

Answer: All Amber Alerts must be facilitated by Louisiana state police "” Troop F and are conducted statewide, as set forth by the Louisiana Amber Alert Foundation Board of Directors. Level II's (advisories), since they do not utilize the Emergency Alert System, etc., are referred to as "media advisories" for "endangered missing child" (but can be used for any missing, endangered person). The Level II's are intended for situations that don't meet the criteria for an Amber Alert. While most law enforcement agencies in the state can have "missing person" information aired via their local media fairly easily, the Level II assists agencies who may not have the contacts with local/area media that LSP does, or the law enforcement agency may request that the information be sent to another media market within the state. Unfortunately, too many law enforcement agencies, as well as a well-meaning public, occasionally send something out and use the "AMBER Alert" name for cases which clearly do not meet criteria. This only serves to confuse the public as to what Amber is and is not, as well as desensitizes the public to an actual Amber Alert. Technically, any law enforcement agency can forward such information to the media, just as LSP does, but should refrain from any reference to "AMBER Alert."
Some cities may have their own localized program to seek to public's assistance in the location of missing/runaway children, but use another name for it. These do not interfere with Amber Alerts, nor do they utilize the same means and technologies, such as Department of Transportation and Development message boards.

Q: Do the 10 in-state and two out-of-state alerts listed on the agency's Web site as total Amber Alerts issued since Jan. 2 include regional and local alerts or just statewide? Have there been any more since Jan. 5?

A: All alerts were activated statewide. There have been no activations in Louisiana year-to-date in 2009.

Q: Of those 12 alerts, how many involved stranger abductions? How many involved family or a friend or acquaintance?

A: For the two in Florida, I don't recall the "relationship," if any. We activated at Florida's request based on specific investigative information they may be in/near Louisiana. One in 2008 (Shreveport) was on a father who had already severely beaten his young son and ran into the woods with his two young daughters.
He was believed to be a serious danger to them as well. This was the last Amber Alert in Louisiana.
There was one in 2007, for a teen girl who was abducted by an estranged boyfriend, and one in 2006, involving a biological, noncustodial mother took her two sons from school. Based upon law enforcement information, she was believed to be a serious danger to the boys. They were safely recovered in Dallas. There were two in 2005:
On Feb. 12, 2005, Louisiana state police "” Troop F "” activated the Louisiana Amber Alert system for two Baton Rouge infants who were in a car when it was stolen from a Baton Rouge neighborhood around 2:30 a.m. Within a couple hours following the initial alert, a Baton Rouge man located the vehicle behind his business on Choctaw Drive. The man looked around the perimeter of his business and due to the Amber Alert, he was made aware of the stolen vehicle and the missing children from a location within a couple miles of his address. He located the vehicle, with the two boys still inside, behind his building and quickly notified police. Through the cooperation of Louisiana broadcasters, law enforcement and an observant local businessman, two small children were safely recovered and placed with family members. The mother of the two children, 30 year-old Kawanda Chambers, was charged with child desertion, as she left the two infants unsupervised in a running car outside of an acquaintance's home for approximately thirty minutes. Baton Rouge Police Department detectives continue to investigate the theft of the vehicle.
On June 8, 2005, an Amber Alert for a Webster Parish boy was canceled due a false report. Around 5:30 p.m, Webster Parish sheriff's office requested Louisiana state police "” Troop F authorize the activation of the Louisiana Amber Alert following a report that a 14-year-old boy of Doyline was allegedly abducted at gunpoint by two masked, white men an hour earlier. Less than 30 minutes after Troop F received the detailed information, the statewide Emergency Alert System (EAS) was activated for the boy. Deputies and other officers continued to investigate while all law enforcement agencies statewide were notified, DOTD's variable message boards were activated, LA Lottery's boards broadcast the message, and media statewide were seeking more information to get the message to the public "” all in hopes of safely recovering the teen. Less than three hours later, Webster Parish sheriff's office advised of the safe recovery of the boy and the Amber Alert was immediately canceled. While the case remains under investigation by the Webster Parish sheriff's office, the teen was more likely a runaway. LSP"”Troop F was advised the case will be forwarded to the district attorney's office in Webster Parish for consideration of charges pending the false report of an Amber Alert by the child in question. (He was charged with criminal mischief. This case took place prior to the enactment of "False Reporting "” kidnapped/abducted child" became a felony in Louisiana.)
Another case: Hammond P.D. called to cancel the Amber Alert the child had been found with another relative. A 4-year-old child was sent home from an area day care center with an individual in a dark-colored sedan. Parent arrived to pick up child and day care workers were unable to identify who the child left with. An Amber Alert was issued and canceled within an hour. Due to a miscommunication, another relative picked up the child, but became aware of the problem after seeing the Amber Alert info on television.
All other Louisiana Amber alerts were familial/friend/acquaintance. While Amber is not intended for parental abductions, there are cases where law enforcement has strong reason to believe the parent may intentional harm/kill the children) and an Amber is activated.

Q: Are there any statistics for the number of times a Level II alert was issued?

A: No, since any law enforcement agency can forward such information to the media, but should refrain from any reference to "AMBER Alert" to avoid confusion. LSP has issued less than six each year, but there is no "limit." Many law enforcement agencies decline this form of assistance as media may be involved already.

Q: What would be some of the reasons Louisiana has fewer alerts than other states, such as Texas?

A: Texas has to contend with a variety of issues, which Louisiana does not. No. 1: They are much larger in size and population. Twenty-three million residents in Texas v. 4.3 million in Louisiana. No. 2: they have border issues with Mexico, which Louisiana does not. Other states may have localized/regional plans, which may lend itself to inconsistency regarding the decision as to whether or not an Amber Alert should be activated. In those situations, you may have activated authorities who are also elected officials. Let's be honest, a person who relies upon votes to keep his/her position may allow (consciously or subconsciously) that political pressure to affect a decision. In Louisiana, LSP makes the final call as to whether or not an Amber Alert is issued, and "politics" do not enter the equation as to whether or not an Amber Alert is issued. The decision is made strictly upon the facts of the case, which are presented by the requesting law enforcement agency. Neither gender nor race enter the equation either. In fact, in most cases, the gender/race of child isn't known (by me) until I'm seeking the specific information in order to activate Amber. Some states' plans may have varying criteria, which qualifies as an Amber. Those with more "open" criteria, will, in turn, have more occasions to activate. In Louisiana, we strictly adhere to the criteria (based upon recommendations by the U.S. Department of Justice) and also conduct informal reviews of specific activations or non-activations. Those involved in this review include: law enforcement officers in other agencies, the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters, Louisiana Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children, FCC, etc.

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Code Amber News Coverage:

Amber Alert Canceled for 4 Year Old California Girl
29 May 2010 at 4:53pm
The State of California canceled the Amber Alert Saturday afternoon (05-29) after the girl was recovered safe in Los Angeles and the suspect taken into custody. No further information is available at this time..

Amber Alert Canceled for 3 Year Old Delaware Boy
11 May 2010 at 10:47am
The State of Delaware canceled the Amber Alert Tuesday Afternoon (05-11) after the boy was found safe in Wilmington. The boys mother was taken into custody at that time. The three suspects remain at large.

Amber Alert Canceled for 13 Year Old Texas Girl
9 May 2010 at 8:50am
The State of Texas canceled the Amber Alert on Saturday (05-08) after it was determined that the girl and the suspect are probably in Mexico. Texas authorities are working with Mexican police to locate and arrest the suspect and return the him and the girl to the US.

Amber Alert Canceled for 14 Year Old California Girl
14 Apr 2010 at 9:24am
The State of California canceled the Amber Alert Wednesday morning (4-14) after determining that the girl went willingly with her boyfriend. The girl remains missing and the search continues.

Amber Alert Canceled for 2 Tennessee Teens
31 Mar 2010 at 8:56pm
The State of Tennessee canceled the Amber Alert Wednesday night (03-31) after the children were recovered safe in Michigan. No further information is available at this time.

Amber Alert Canceled for 8 Year Old Oklahoma Girl (Deceased)
30 Mar 2010 at 12:21pm
The State of Oklahoma Canceled the Amber Alert after the suspect vehicle was located in a heavily wooded area north west of Norman Monday afternoon (03-29). The body of a child was found in the vehicle and the body of an adult was found outside the vehicle. Positive identification has yet to be established but police say there is no reason to believe the bodies are not the child and the suspect.

Amber Alert Canceled for 10 Month Old Michigan Girl
25 Mar 2010 at 12:47pm
The State of Michigan canceled the Amber Alert Thursday afternoon (3-25) after the girl was found safe by the Michigan State Police. The girls mother and two other people were taken into custody.

Amber Alert Canceled for 2 Washington Boys
17 Mar 2010 at 4:17pm
The State of Washington canceled the Amber Alert Wednesday afternoon (03-17) after the boys were found safe in Salem, Oregon, and their father taken into custody. The children are being reunited with their mother.

Amber Alert Canceled for 6 Year Old Texas Boy
7 Mar 2010 at 9:04am
The State of Texas canceled the Amber Alert Sunday (03-07) after the victim of the car jacking recanted his statement that the boy was asleep in the car. The child was not in the car. The victim said he thought his car would be recovered quicker if he said the child was taken.

Amber Alert Canceled for 4 Year Old Indiana Girl
3 Mar 2010 at 11:02am
The State of Indiana canceled the Amber Alert Wednesday afternoon after the girl was found safe. No further information is available at this time.

Amber Alert Canceled for 14 Year Old Iowa Girl
1 Mar 2010 at 8:14am
Code Amber canceled this Alert Monday morning (03-01) after the girls was found safe in Sparta, Illinois late Sunday (02-28). The suspect was taken into custody at that time.

Amber Alert Canceled for 2 Year Old Michigan Girl (Deceased)
26 Feb 2010 at 3:57pm
The State of Michigan canceled the Amber Alert Friday afternoon after the suspect told police that the child died Monday night at her home and that he had disposed of her body in a trash receptacle near her home. Police continue to search for the child's body.

Amber Alert Canceled for 14 Year Old Michigan Girl
25 Feb 2010 at 7:43am
The State of Michigan canceled the Amber Alert Thursday morning (02-25) after the girl was found safe at an apartment in Battle Creek. No information on the suspect is available at this time

Amber Alert Canceled for 1 Year Old Massachusetts Girl
18 Feb 2010 at 2:50pm
The State of Massachusetts canceled the Amber Alert Thursday afternoon (02-18) after the girl was found safe in Middletown Connecticut. The suspect remains at large at this time.

Amber Alert Canceled for 4 Year Old Maryland Girl
13 Feb 2010 at 8:20am
The State of Maryland canceled the Amber Alert Saturday morning (02-13) after the child was found safe in Delaware. A suspect is in custody.

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