Amber Plan for Hawaii

MAILE Plan

updated 3/12/15

WebsiteMissing Child Center
Administrating AgencyHawaii Department of Justice - Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division
ContactCharlene Takeno
Missing Child Center - Hawaii
Department of the Attorney General
808-753-9797
Steps for ActivationIf your child is missing and in presumed danger, immediately call 9-1-1 and file a missing persons report. The first few hours are the most critical. Be prepared to provide police with a recent photo and detailed physical information of your child, including the type of clothing worn. A description of the suspect and the vehicle used in the abduction, the direction of flight and the vehicle’s license number are also highly important. Once law enforcement has been notified about an abducted child, they must determine if the case meets the criteria for issuing a MAILE AMBER Alert.

The goal of the MAILE AMBER Alert is to recover abducted children before they meet physical harm by instantly galvanizing the entire community to assist in both the search for and safe return of the child. Statistics show that time itself is the enemy of an abducted child, as most children who are kidnapped and later found murdered die within the first three hours after being taken. The MAILE AMBER Alert aims to turn that statistic around. Studies show that when ordinary citizens become the eyes and ears of law enforcement, precious lives can be saved.
Criteria for ActivationA MAILE AMBER Alert can be activated when police believe a child has been abducted and is in danger. This alert is not intended for runaways or custodial interference cases unless it is determined that the child may be harmed, and will be activated statewide when all of the following criteria have been met:

1. The child must be 17 years of age or younger
2. There must be sufficient information to indicate that the child has been abducted and is in immediate danger of serious bodily injury or death
3. Sufficient information is available about the child and the abductor and/or abductor’s vehicle
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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