Amber Plan for Minnesota

updated 3/13/15

WebsiteMinnesota Amber Alert
Administrating AgencyBureau of Criminal Apprehension
ContactJanell Rasmussen
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

1. Review the Amber plan checklist to determine whether the abduction meets Amber Alert criteria. If it does, notify the BCA Operations Center and provide requested information. The BCA will confirm the information and issue an Amber Alert via MCAN, and then contact the HSEM Duty Officer to activate the alert via the state Emergency Alert System (EAS).

2. As additional information becomes available, including photographs, contact the BCA for dissemination.

3. Upon closure of the child abduction case, immediately notify the BCA.


As a participating station, you will receive a message from the EAS stating that an Amber Alert has been issued. The details of the alert will be sent via fax and email and posted on the BCA website. Media outlets will receive one alert message unless additional or updated information is obtained by law enforcement. The BCA will send out photographs of the victim to the media as soon as they become available.

Media are encouraged to broadcast the alert at least every 15 minutes for the first two hours and every half-hour for the next three hours. Maximum participation is critical as the abductor may have travelled to a difference area within the first two or three hours of the abduction.


Immediately following the tone, the Amber Alert should begin with the phrase, "This is an Amber Plan Alert - please stand by for important information on a child abduction in Minnesota."

The alert should include the following information:

1. A child has reportedly been abducted
2. Where the abduction took place
3. A description of the child
4. A description of the abductor
5. A description of the vehicle involved (if any)
6. The last known direction of travel
7. To contact 911 with any specific information about the abduction
8. To contact local authorities with any general information about the abduction
9. Conclude the alert with the statement that the person(s) who locate the abductor should take no action other than to call the local police as soon as possible and provide them with the information. Updated alerts may be broadcast if new information may assist in locating the abductor and/or child.
Criteria for ActivationThe AMBER Plan requires law enforcement to meet two criteria when evaluating a non-familial child abduction. Police departments must have both parts of the scenario present before an activation can occur:

1. The AMBER Plan should be activated when a child 17 years of age or younger is abducted and there is reason to believe the victim is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
2. There is information available to disseminate to the general public which could assist with the safe recovery of the victim and/or the apprehension of the suspect.

The AMBER Plan is activated by a law enforcement agency only when the two requirements above are met; therefore, the AMBER Plan is not activated for every child abduction. In cases where the AMBER Plan criteria are not met, the Minnesota Crime Alert Network may be activated to notify the public and request information on the case.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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