What is an AMBER Alert law?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It is a law that originated from the abduction of a little girl named Amber.

    Had the media been alerted to Amber's abduction immediately, perhaps someone would have spotted her and reported seeing her to the police, and then the abductor might have been caught before he harmed her.

    Amber alerts occur when a child is abducted and the alerts are to inform the public to keep their eyes open for the child and other possible knowns, such as the make of the vehicle she was seen in or the description of the abductor.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Origin of the Amber Plan

    The AMBER Plan was created in 1996 as a powerful legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, a bright little girl who was kidnapped and brutally murdered while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas. The tragedy shocked and outraged the entire community. Residents contacted radio stations in the Dallas area and suggested they broadcast special “alerts” over the airwaves so that they could help prevent such incidents in the future.

    In response to the community’s concern for the safety of local children, the Dallas/Fort Worth Association of Radio Managers teamed up with local law-enforcement agencies in northern Texas and developed this innovative early warning system to help find abducted children. Statistics show that, when abducted, a child’s greatest enemy is time.

    In April, 2003, President Bush signed the Amber Alert legislation making it a national program. While the Amber Alert system is now mandated across the country, some states are still trying to implement the procedures necessary in bringing the alerts to the public. Hampered by outdated Emergency Broadcast guidelines and different activation criteria in each state, the system needs a fair amount of fine-tuning to be optimally effective. Code Amber is on the cutting edge with the technology helping to make that a reality.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Information on California's Amber Alert Law

    AMBER ALERT empowers law enforcement, the media and the public to combat abduction by sending out immediate, up-to-date information that aids in the child's safe recovery.

    The AMBER ALERT Program has helped in successfully recovering over one hundred children since it was established statewide in California on July 31, 2002.

    AMBER ALERT Guidelines

    AMBER ALERT may be activated only by law enforcement agencies.

    AMBER ALERT is intended only for the most serious, time-critical child abduction cases.

    AMBER ALERT is not intended for cases involving runaways or parental abduction, except in life-threatening situations.

    Criteria for activating an AMBER ALERT

    Law enforcement agencies ensure these conditions are met before activating an AMBER ALERT:

    The investigating law enforcement agency confirms an abduction has occurred.

    The victim is 17 years of age or younger, or has a proven mental or physical disability.

    The victim is in imminent danger of serious injury or death.

    There is information available that, if provided to the public, could assist in the child's safe recovery.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Amber alert is a National alert for abducted children. It get plastered all over the new. On signs on the highways and numerous other places I'm sure. But its basically a fast way to get the word out that a child was abducted

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  • 1 decade ago

    An Amber Alert siginifies that a child has been abducted and to be on the lookout for them.

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  • 1 decade ago

    when a child has been taken ffrom their home or maybe even kidnapped.

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