Amber Plan for Montana

updated 3/13/15

WebsiteMontana Amber Alert Program
Administrating AgencyMontana Department of Justice
ContactJennifer Viets, CJIN Program Manager
Montana Department of Justice
Steps for ActivationIf the Amber Alert criteria are met, alert information must be put together for public distribution. This information can include descriptions and pictures of the missing child, the suspected abductor, a suspected vehicle, and any other information available and valuable to identifying the child and suspect.

The information is then faxed and e-mailed to all Montana broadcast stations and a call is made to the stations by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to confirm receipt of the information.

Radio stations interrupt programming to announce the Alert, and television stations run a “crawl” on the screen along with a picture of the child when available. The information is also placed on the Montana Amber Alert web page. Click here to go to the Montana Amber Alert webpage.
Criteria for ActivationTo initiate an AMBER Alert, call 9-1-1 and provide your local law enforcement agency with all the information you can about a suspected child abduction. To activate the program, all of the following criteria must be met:

1. There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that a child has been abducted or has disappeared under suspicious circumstances.
2. The missing child is age 17 years or younger, or has a proven mental or physical disability.
3. The law enforcement agency believes the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
4. There is enough descriptive information about the victim and abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child.
5. The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer.

The AMBER Alert system is not used to track runaways, missing children or children involved in custody disputes. The program is restricted to child abduction cases that could be life threatening.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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