Amber Plan for Missouri

updated 3/13/15

WebsiteMissouri Amber Alert
Administrating AgencyMissouri State Highway Patrol
ContactCaptain Gregory Kindle
Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop F
573-751-1000
Steps for ActivationACTIVATION

Once it has been determined that AMBER Alert criteria has been met, a Missouri Amber Alert Abduction Form should be completed and faxed to Missouri State Highway Patrol Communications at 573-751-6814 (Phone 573-751-1000). Once this has been done, a MULES and NCIC Missing Person computer entry must initiated immediately by the reporting agency as required in the National Child Search Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5779, 5780). The state AMBER Alert coordinator or their designee will contact the reporting agency and make a determination if the required AMBER Alert criteria have been met to issue a statewide or state regional alert. Troop F Communications will then disseminate the alert according to guidelines established within the Alert Missouri system. The Alert Missouri system and our EAS configuration will allow alerts to be sent to one of nine regions within the state.

Information will also be distributed via the Highway Patrol communications system and will be faxed to participating volunteer groups and LP1 radio stations utilizing the Missouri Department of Health FAX server in Jefferson City. FAX alerts are sent statewide or to region(s) within the state. Alerts can be sent out of state via a formatted AMBER Alert message, which is resident on the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System.

Missouri has joined the AMBER Alert Web Portal Consortium, a collection of member states, law enforcement, broadcast media, and private corporations working together to provide a nationwide Internet based system to disseminate AMBER Alerts. This system allows local law enforcement agencies, with a portal user ID and password obtained from a state control point, to directly access the web portal to initiate, update, or cancel an AMBER Alert. Once this information is uploaded, it is disseminated to law enforcement, the media, public and private sector organizations, and individuals who have an expressed interest in receiving AMBER Alert information.

Missouri also participates in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Wireless AMBER Alert initiative that distributes AMBER Alerts to wireless subscribers who opt in to receive the messages. Subscribers capable of receiving text messages, and whose wireless carrier participates in the Wireless AMBER Alerts Initiative, may opt in to receive alerts by registering at www.wirelessamberalerts.org or their wireless carrier’s web site and designating up to five zip codes from which they’d like to be alerted in the case of an AMBER Alert activation.

BROADCAST

During the first two hours after the initial broadcast of an AMBER Alert, stations are urged to give follow-up announcements at least every 15 minutes. Follow-up announcements should not, under normal circumstances, be a retransmission of the initial AMBER EAS message.

During the second two hours stations that are live on-air are urged to broadcast follow-up announcements at least once every half-hour.

After four hours the station may, at its discretion, continue to broadcast follow-up announcements once per hour for twenty hours.
Criteria for ActivationTo activate the AMBER Alert Plan in Missouri, law enforcement agencies must ensure the following criteria are met:

1. Law enforcement must confirm a child has been abducted.
2.The child must be age 17 years or younger.
3.Law enforcement must believe 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.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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