Amber Alert for New Jersey

updated 3/13/15

WebsiteNew Jersey Amber Alert Plan
Administrating AgencyNew Jersey State Police
ContactLt. Michael Tansey
New Jersey State Police
609-882-2000
Steps for ActivationAMBER Alerts are intended to be issued when there is reason to believe that a child has been abducted and may be in danger of death or serious bodily injury. AMBER Alerts are not intended for all missing child incidents, runaways, or child custody situations, and it is the responsibility of all law enforcement agencies to make certain that the AMBER Alert system is not abused. The misuse of the AMBER Alert system would lead to a lack of confidence by members of the general public whose assistance is being sought. The activation of an AMBER Alert in any case where there is no objectively reasonable basis to believe that a child has been abducted and may be in danger of death or serious bodily injury would undermine the program’s effectiveness by leading citizens to pay less attention to these alerts, which in turn would endanger abducted children who are genuinely at risk of death or serious bodily harm. Accordingly, it is the policy of the State of New Jersey that an AMBER Alert should only be activated by the State Police when the circumstances meet specific criteria that are set forth below.

The decision whether or not to issue an AMBER Alert is a judgment call that must be made very quickly based on the limited information available at that moment. For this reason, law enforcement officials who apply the following criteria in good faith and who document the reasons and factual basis for their decision should not be second-guessed based on subsequent events, or on information that was not reasonably available at the time that the decision to initiate or refrain from initiating an AMBER Alert had to be made.
Criteria for ActivationThe following criteria shall be met before an AMBER Alert is activated:

1. There is reason to believe that a child under the age of 18 has been abducted.
2. There is reason to believe that the adducted child may be in danger of death or serious bodily injury.
3. There is reason to believe that an AMBER Alert would assist in locating the child considering all relevant circumstances, including whether there is enough descriptive information available, and the amount of time that has elapsed since the child was last seen and was reported missing.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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