How do police decide to issue an AMBER Alert?

Guidelines for issuing AMBER Alerts

DETROIT – America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, otherwise known as an AMBER Alert, has been an effective tool for police to find missing children since 1996.

There has to be more missing children, right? Yes, there are. But not every situation falls under AMBER Alert criteria. Below are some of the guidelines, or recommendations from the government for issuing AMBER Alerts.

- Law enforcement must confirm an abduction prior to issuing an alert.

- Police must determine that child is at risk for serious bodily harm or death before an alert is issued.

- Law enforcement must have enough information to believe that an immediate broadcast to the public will enhance the efforts of police to locate the child and suspect.


Here are the specific circumstances in Michigan that would allow law enforcement to activate the alert system:

An endangered missing person under 17 years of age is reported to law enforcement and one or more of the following circumstances exist;

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