Amber Plan in Nevada

updated 3/13/15

WebsiteNevada Amber Alert Program
Administrating AgencyState of Nevada Department of Health & Human Services
ContactStephanie Parker
State of Nevada Department of Health & Human Services
702-419-8725 (Cell)
Steps for ActivationAMBER ALERT may be activated only by law enforcement agencies
AMBER ALERT is intended only for the most serious, time-critical child abduction cases.
AMBER ALERT is not intended for cases involving runaways or parental abduction, except in life-threatening situations.
Criteria for ActivationThere's a very specific list of criteria settled upon by the Nevada Broadcasters Association and police agencies to make sure everything is even-keeled.

First off, there must be a confirmed abduction. There has to be solid evidence that the child was actually kidnapped... not simply lost wandering around the neighborhood, or a runaway.

There also needs to be evidence that the child is in danger. So, for instance, if it's a parental abduction in a custody dispute, but police don't think the parent will harm the child... no alert.

There also need to be good pictures or good enough descriptions that police believe the public can use them to help find the missing child or kidnapper.

An AMBER alert can only be activated by the police agency investigating the disappearance... so, not a parent or a judge or a TV or radio station. But a legal guardian is asked to sign a form agreeing to the activation.

Finally, AMBER alerts are only for people under 18... unless a person is older but has a mental capacity less than 18, and a doctor has to confirm that.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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