Amber Plan for North Dakota

updated 3/13/15

WebsiteNorth Dakota Amber Alert
Administrating AgencyNorth Dakota State Police
ContactSgt. Thomas Iverson
North Dakota State Police
701-328-9921
Steps for ActivationThe AMBER Alert provides public notification of an abducted child 17 years of age or younger, and that the abduction is believed to have been committed by a stranger or family abduction in which the child is believed to be in grave danger of serious bodily harm or death. Descriptive information about the child, abductor, and vehicle description is obtained by law enforcement and broadcast through the AMBER Alert. This information is used to assist in the safe recovery of the victim and apprehension of the suspect. Six AMBER Alerts involving seven children have been issued in North Dakota. Six of the seven children were successfully recovered.

AMBER Alert information is broadcast via television, radio, wireless devices, and Department of Transportation message boards. Citizens can also receive the information by dialing 511 from any phone. Wireless users can receive a text message of AMBER Alerts activated in the subscriber’s area by simply signing up for the free service at www.wirelessamberalerts.org. The North Dakota AMBER Alert website, www.nd.gov/amber, is another way citizens can obtain information on AMBER Alerts and valuable links to other AMBER Alert related stories.
Criteria for ActivationThe AMBER Plan is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies and broadcasters to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS), formerly called the Emergency Broadcast System, to air a description of the abducted child and suspected abductor. This is the same concept used during severe weather emergencies. The goal of the AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe return of the child, and the criteria that define an AMBER Alert are as follows:

1. The abduction involves a child or children 17 years of age or younger;
2. Confirmation by local law enforcement of a stranger or a family abduction in which the child is believed to be in grave danger of serious bodily harm or death; and,
3. Descriptive information about the child, the abductor, and/or suspect's vehicle to assist with the safe recovery of the victim and/or the apprehension of the suspect.
4. Is there enough information about the child, suspect, and/or suspect's vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help?
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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