Amber Plan for Alabama

updated 3/12/15

WebsiteAlabama Department of Public Safety
Alabama Amber Alerts
Administrating AgencyAlabama Bureau of Investigation
ContactAlabama Bureau of Investigation/Missing Children Clearinghouse
Steps for ActivationLaw Enforcement:
After local Law Enforcement confirms that a child has been abducted, the designated person within the investigating agency will call the State Bureau of Investigation in Montgomery to advise them a fax is forthcoming. SBI will confirm that the criteria has been met for an AMBER Activation and issue an AMBER Alert via the state Emergency Alert System (EAS) using the Child Abduction Emergency (CAE) Code. The following questionnaire may be used to verify that the criteria for the AMBER Alert have been met.
1. What is the child’s age?
a. 18 or older, do not activate AMBER Alert
b. Under 18, go to question 2.
c. What is the evidence that the child was abducted?
a. If abducted, go to question 3.
b. If not abducted, do not activate AMBER Alert
c. What is the relationship of the child to the abductor?
a. Stranger – Go to question 4.a.
b. Family member – go to question 4.b. below:
d. What is the evidence that the child is in danger of serious injury or death?
a. Stranger:
i. In most stranger abduction cases, the threat of serious injury or death to the victim can be assumed, unless there is compelling evidence to the contrary. Activate the AMBER Alert.
b. Family member abduction:
Generally, the AMBER Plan is not to be used for custody type situations. However, if the taking of the child rises the level/definition of an abduction under Alabama law, and there is compelling evidence that the child is in imminent danger of serious physical injury or death by being in the company of this person—then the AMBER Plan may be considered. Some factors for consideration are:
i. Has the child ever been abused physically or sexually by this person
ii. Has the abductor threatened the child with bodily harm or death?
iii. Is the abductor an abuser of alcohol or drugs?
iv. Was the person under the influence of alcohol or other substance when the child was abducted.
If there is compelling evidence that the child is in immediate danger of serious physical injury or death, activate AMBER Alert.
Criteria for ActivationThe Alabama AMBER plan will be set in motion for the state by one of the cooperating law enforcement agencies when a child abduction is reported and investigation reveals that:
1. A child has been abducted as defined by 13A-6-40 Alabama Criminal Code, AND;
2. The child is less than 18 years old, AND;
3. The child is at risk of serious bodily harm or death, AND;
4. There is enough descriptive information about the child, abductor, and/or suspect’s vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help investigators locate the child.
5. The child’s name and abductor and other critical data elements have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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