Amber Plan for Connecticut

updated 3/12/15

WebsiteConnecticut Amber Alert
Administrating AgencyConnecticut State Police
ContactLt. Paul Vance
Connecticut State Police
Steps for ActivationOnce law enforcement responds to the scene and obtains a description of the child, abductor and vehicle, this information is immediately reported to the Connecticut State Police Message Center and recorded on an audio Alert Message. The emergency message is immediately broadcast to all radio and television stations across the state through the Emergency Alert System (EAS). This is the same alert used during severe weather emergencies.

The goal of the AMBER Alert System is to instantly notify the entire state, so everyone may assist in the search for the safe return of the child. The public immediately becomes the ears and eyes of law enforcement and can assist in the search for the missing child.

In the event that you see someone fitting the description of the child, adult, or vehicle from the AMBER Alert, immediately call 911. Provide authorities with as much information as possible.

The AMBER Alert helps to recover children and serves as a deterrent to this type of crime.

During an AMBER Alert, the Connecticut Lottery will:

* Send an immediate text message to 2,800 Lottery retailers statewide.

* Retailers will print and post copies of the Alert message in their store.

* The Alert message will be re-broadcast to retailers every half-hour for the first ninety minutes.

* The Alert message will continue to be sent every hour after that, for up to five hours.

* The Alert information will also be displayed on 300 Lottery Electronic Message Units statewide.
Criteria for ActivationOnce law enforcement has been notified about an abducted child, they must first determine if the case meets the AMBER Plan criteria:

1. The abducted child must be 17 years of age or younger;
2. The abducted child must be in immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death;
3. There must be enough descriptive information available to believe a broadcast will assist or aid in the recovery;
4. The activation must be requested by a local law enforcement agency or AMBER Designee from another state.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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