Amber Plan for Louisiana

updated 3/13/15

WebsiteLouisiana Amber Alert Program
Administrating AgencyLouisiana State Police
ContactSgt. Julie Lewis
Louisiana State Police, Troop F
318-345-0000
Steps for ActivationLouisiana AMBER Alert Reporting Form submittals will be accepted from a law enforcement agency only.

1. Does the situation meet the criteria? If unsure, call Troop F at (318) 345-0000.

A. Is there reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred?
B. Is the child 17 years of age or younger?
C. Does law enforcement believe that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death?
D. s there enough descriptive information about the victim and/or the abductor(s) to make the issuance of an AMBER Alert viable enough to assist in the recovery of the child?
E. Has the law enforcement agency entered the child's name and other vital data in NCIC (National Crime Information Center).

2. The AMBER Alert Reporting Form is available online or a copy can be faxed upon request.

3. The form must be legibly completed in its entirety. Please include the name and direct phone number of an officer familiar with the case who is able to answer any questions Troop F personnel may have.

4. Call Troop F to advise of the forthcoming request and via which mechanism.

5. Submit the completed form via either:
Fax to Troop F - Fax Number (318)362-5198
OR
Email: AMBERALERT@dps.la.gov.

6. Email a recent digital photo of child and/or abductor as soon as possible to AMBERALERT@dps.la.gov.

7. Call Troop F to verify receipt of the form and photo.

8. Contact Troop F and/or the AMBER Alert coordinator with case updates.

9. Notify Troop F and/or AMBER Alert coordinator when the child has been recovered, with some details as to how the child was located, etc. for media follow-up in the AMBER Alert Cancellation Message.

The entire AMBER Alert activation process is a detailed, on-going procedure until the case has been resolved. After LSP personnel receive the Reporting Form, it has to be reviewed to ensure it meets the criteria and enough information is available to make an AMBER Alert activation viable. Follow-up telephone calls may be required for more detailed information or clarification. If approved by the Troop F Captain, LA AMBER Alert State Coordinator or his/her designee, the information is formatted for the voice message to be disseminated to Louisiana broadcasters. The information is then forwarded to the LSP Command Staff, to the State's AMBER Alert partners, and a back-up copy is faxed and/or emailed to the media statewide. All on-duty patrol troopers, all law enforcement agencies statewide and the Louisiana Lottery is forwarded the AMBER Alert information. If applicable, the LA Department of Transportation and Development is requested to activate its variable message boards.
Criteria for ActivationThe following criteria MUST be met before an AMBER Alert is activated:

1. Law enforcement confirms a child, aged 17 or under, has been abducted.
2. Law enforcement believes the circumstances surrounding the abduction indicate that the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death.
3. There must be enough descriptive information about the child, abductor, and/or suspect's vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help the case.

Everyone involved in the Louisiana AMBER Alert Plan is extremely serious about each and every AMBER Alert request that is submitted. Each one is reviewed thoroughly and, if an error is made, it will be on the side of the child's safety.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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