Amber Plan for Iowa

updated 3/12/15

WebsiteIowa Amber Alert
Administrating AgencyIowa State Patrol
ContactCapt. Larry T. Grant
Iowa State Patrol Communications
Steps for ActivationThe local law enforcement agency verifies that a child has been abducted and is in danger of serious bodily harm or death.

The reporting law enforcement agency contacts Iowa State Patrol Communications and submits an informational packet by FAX with all the required information for the alert.

Iowa State Patrol Communications verifies receipt of the AMBER Alert Notification Plan with the reporting/initiating agency, via telephone or IOWA System.

The AMBER Alert information is sent to all broadcasting companies, the National Weather Service and the Department of Transportation.

The broadcasters, National Weather Service, Department of Transportation and Iowa Lottery broadcast the information to the general public.

The general public should contact a law enforcement agency if they can provide any information that would help in locating the child and/or abductor.
Criteria for ActivationThe following criteria are utilized to determine if an AMBER Alert should be issued for the state of Iowa:

1. Law enforcement confirms a child has been abducted and entry has been made into the IOWA/NCIC Systems identifying the child as missing.
2. The child is under the age of 18.
3. Law enforcement believes the circumstances surrounding the abduction indicate that the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death.
4. There is enough descriptive information about the child, abductor, or suspect's vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help.

Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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