Amber Plan for Maryland

updated 3/13/15

WebsiteMaryland Amber Alert
Administrating AgencyMaryland State Police
ContactLieutenant Steven AdamsSgt. Debbie Flory
Maryland State Police
410-653-4200
Steps for ActivationThe local law enforcement agency verifies that a child has been abducted and is in danger of serious bodily harm.

The reporting law enforcement agency contacts the Maryland State Police Headquarters Duty Officer (410) 486-3101 and requests an AMBER Alert Activation.

A Maryland State Police Child Recovery Unit calls the requesting agency and obtains the necessary information.
The AMBER Alert information is sent via the Emergency Alert System to broadcasters, the State Highway Administration and Maryland Law Enforcement Agencies.

The broadcasters, the State Highway Administration and various other private and public entities broadcast the information to the general public. The State Highway Administration will immediately post AMBER Alerts utilizing variable message signs. The signs typically used to disseminate traffic information to drivers, now alert the public of abducted children, displaying pertinent information about the child, abductor or suspected vehicle that drivers might look for on highways.

When an AMBER Alert is issued the general public is asked to check their surroundings and if the vehicle, abductor and/or child is seen, to contact the telephone number given in the alert or your local law enforcement agency with the sighting information.
This would be an appropriate time to use the 911 emergency number.
Criteria for ActivationThe following criteria are utilized to determine if an Amber Alert should be issued for the State of Maryland:

1. Law enforcement confirms a child has been abducted.
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, and/or suspect's vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help.
5. The child is believed to still be in the broadcast area.
6. The child's name and other critical elements have been entered into NCIC by police.

ONLY A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY CAN REQUEST AN ACTIVATION OF THE AMBER ALERT SYSTEM THROUGH THE MARYLAND STATE POLICE.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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