Amber Plan for Arkansas

Morgan Nick Alert – updated 3/12/15

WebsiteMorgan Nick Amber Alert
Administrating AgencyArkansas State Police
ContactMajor Henry La Mar
Arkansas State Police
501-618-8000
Steps for ActivationFollowing a case assessment process after receiving a request of
system activation, local authorities will be asked to provide the
Arkansas State Police with as much descriptive information as
possible about the victim, any known suspect information, known
travel information, and victim or suspect photographs. The
information and photographs will be transmitted to Arkansas State
Police Headquarters at Little Rock where remote access equipment
linked to the national Emergency Alert System (EAS) may be
activated to relay the information to the public through local radio
and television broadcasts.

The Arkansas State Police will make every reasonable effort to
ensure the specified criteria has been met or exceeded before
activating the EAS. The Arkansas State Police acknowledges the
potential for detriment to the Morgan Nick Amber Alert System
resulting from unwarranted utilization of the EAS or any erroneous
information disseminated through the alert system. It will be the
responsibility of the Arkansas State Police to take all necessary
precautions to authenticate information before it is disseminated
and limit any repeated radio and television program interruptions.
Strict criteria set forth within the Morgan Nick Amber Alert Field
Operations Manual shall be applied to the consideration given by
Arkansas State Police commanders when they are requested to
authorize activation of the alert system.
Criteria for ActivationLocal Law Enforcement Agency Minimum Reporting Criteria

1) The age of the child – Persons who are subjects of the alerts
must be less than 18 years of age.

2) Threat assessment – Collect the necessary statements and
evidence necessary to assess the likelihood that the missing
infant, child or minor may be facing imminent harm or death.

3) Time element – The amount of time that has elapsed
between the last known sighting of the missing or abducted
infant, child or minor and the actual time of the report to a
law enforcement agency must be factored into a decision to
activate a Level I, EAS/MNAA.

4) Witness information – Consider the reliability and
competency of witness information.

5) Parental or guardian disputes – Every effort must be
made to determine if any parental or guardian dispute has
played some role in the disappearance of the missing infant,
child or minor.

6) Collective evidence and statements – The decision
whether to authorize a Level I activation will be based on the
collective evidence and statements provided to law
enforcement officers that would lead investigators to believe
there is a credible evidence of an abduction and/or the threat
the infant, child or minor may be in imminent danger, facing
serious injury or death.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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