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  • What is the Media's role in the Plan?

    The media has at its disposal the ability to notify large numbers of citizens of an abduction in an extremely short period of time. Their role is to get the word out as quickly as possible to augment the search process.

  • What is the Amber Alert Plan?

    • Nonfamily child abduction alert notification plan to notify citizens of an abduction
    • Utilizes the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to inform the public of an abduction
    • Provides descriptive information about the child and the perpetrator, if known, to the public in the hope of enlisting public support in the search efforts
    • The ultimate goal is to save the life of the child

  • What is going on with child abductions in the United States?

    Crimes against children, particularly cases involving non-family abductions, continue to be an area of concern for law enforcement authorities. Information gleaned from national studies conducted on this topic has revealed that children abducted with the intent to commit homicide are killed within the first hours to one day of the abduction. Time is critical in saving the lives of abducted children. The creation of the Ohio Amber Plan is an effort to enhance law enforcement's ability to respond to this issue in the hope of preventing the victimization of children in Ohio.

  • Who developed the Amber Alert Plan?

    • The Plan originated in Texas in memory of Amber Hagerman, an abduction and murder victim
    • Ohio has several local, regional, and a statewide AMBER Alert program

  • What are the Activation Criteria?

    Law enforcement and the media worked together to establish the activation criteria. The criteria were established so that the plan would only be used in appropriate cases. The media and the public must understand the time constraints law enforcement encounter when a child is reported missing. Therefore, for the plan to be activated, the following strict criteria must be met:

    • An abducted child must be under 18 years of age.
    • The abduction poses a credible threat of immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death to a child.
    • A law enforcement agency determines that the child is not a runaway and has not been abducted as a result of a child custody dispute, unless the dispute poses a credible threat of immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death to the child.
    • There is sufficient descriptive information about the child, the abductor, and the circumstances surrounding the abduction to indicate that activation of the alert will help locate the child.

    The plan is limited to "abducted" children, and, therefore, excludes children believed to be runaways or throwaways from home.

  • What is the public's role in the Plan?

    By swiftly alerting the public of an abduction, the public can assist in the search efforts for the abducted child. The Public is not to take police action, but can assist police by reporting sightings of the child, perpetrator, or other associated information.

    Anyone with information about the abduction should immediately notify the police by calling your local law enforcement agency, 911 or 1-877-AMBER OH.

  • What is law enforcement's role in the Plan?

    • Expeditiously gather information about the abduction from the public
    • Analyze the information for investigative leads
    • Disseminate the information to other law enforcement agencies in order to increase investigative efforts