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Sheriff Dotson on how Amber Alerts are officially activated

AMBER ALERT
Provided by Sheriff Dennis Dotson

On January 13, 1996, nine-year old Amber Hagerman was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas. Since 1997, AMBER Alert programs have played a role in the recovery of nearly 500 children. Last year there were three (3) AMBER Alert activations in Oregon, all of which ended in the safe recovery of a child.

Nationwide, there are 29 regional, 38 local and statewide plans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In November 2002, the State of Oregon announced its implementation of a statewide AMBER Alert Plan. Oregon’s AMBER Alert Plan – America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response – is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies and local broadcasters to send an emergency alert to the public when a child has been abducted and it is believed the child’s life is in danger.

Oregon’s AMBER Plan Criteria are:

1. Law enforcement confirms a child has been abducted (*)
2. The child is 17 years or younger
3. The child may be in danger of serious bodily harm or death
4. There is enough descriptive information about the child, abductor, and/or suspect’s vehicle to believe
an immediate broadcast alert will help.
5. The child’s name and other critical data elements – including the child abduction and AMBER
Alert flags will/have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.

(* This alert system is not to be used when a child runs away or involves a custodial situation.)

Oregon State Police is the designated law enforcement agency which local law enforcement agencies contact to initiate an AMBER Alert. When all the AMBER guidelines and criteria have been met, the AMBER Alert Plan is activated using the AMBER Web Portal. Since Oregon’s AMBER Alert plan implementation, there have been 15 activations and the successful recovery of 17 children.

Oregon’s AMBER Alert plan sends out alerts through radio and television, highway advisory signs, email and to wireless subscribers who opt to receive the text messages on their wireless devices. Anyone may sign-up at no cost to be notified of Oregon’s AMBER Alerts through the AMBER Alert Web Portal.

Oregon joins the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children encouraging all wireless subscribers to sign up for Wireless AMBER Alerts. More information about Wireless AMBER Alerts and national AMBER Alert Awareness Day is available at:
http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PageServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&Pageld=3902

Information about the AMBER Alert Plan in Oregon is available at the Oregon State Police web site at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/AMBERLERT/index.shtml

More information about Amber Alert is available at www.amberalert.gov

For more tips and other information, visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net.

Contact: Sheriff Dennis Dotson
(541) 265-0652
ddotson@co.lincoln.or.us

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