The A Child Is Missing Alert Program is used, nationwide, in conjunction with both Amber Alerts and Silver Alerts and is now written into the protocol of both in some states. A Child Is Missing fills the gap between law enforcement and Amber Alerts and Silver Alerts in notifying residents of the missing individual.
A Child Is Missing alert can be issued as soon as law enforcement are notified a child or adult (Alzheimer’s, dementia or disabled) is missing. Law enforcement then contacts A Child Is Missing and an alert message to nearby homes and businesses is launched. The search area can easily be expanded as deemed by local law enforcement.
Why A Child Is Missing Alert or Amber Alert
An AMBER alert requires law enforcement to confirm an abduction has happened prior to issuing an alert. This is essential when determining the level of risk to the child. Clearly, stranger abductions are the most dangerous for children and thus are primary to the mission of an AMBER Alert. To allow activations in the absence of significant information that an abduction has occurred could lead to abuse of the system and ultimately weaken its effectiveness. At the same time, each case must be appraised on its own merits and a judgment call made quickly. Law enforcement must understand that a “best judgment” approach, based on the evidence, is appropriate and necessary.
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