Amber Plan for Oregon

updated 3/13/15

WebsiteOregon Amber Alert
Administrating AgencyOregon State Police
ContactRichard K. Culley
Director
Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police Communications Center
503-375-3555
Steps for Activation Growing technology has expanded the AMBER Alert program to provide additional secondary distribution avenues broadening public notification beyond traditional media notifications and the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which broadcasts alerts over radio and television.

Today, an important secondary distribution avenue is through the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)​ program which is also known as the Commercial Mobile Alert System. The WEA program is operated by FEMA to distribute notifications from authorized federal, state, local and tribal government agencies that alert customers with capable devices of imminent threats to safety or an emergency message. WEA messages are intended as a supplement to the existing EAS. Additional information about the WEA program is available at http://www.missingkids.com/amber/wea.

In Oregon, once a law enforcement agency investigation confirmed a child abduction has occurred, the lead agency contacts the OSP Criminal Investigations Division to review the investigative facts. Upon determination the case meets criteria for an AMBER Alert in Oregon, the following steps are taken:

· OSP enters information into the AMBER Alert web portal so AMBER Alert details are placed on the AMBER Alert website (http://www.amberalert.com/en/alerts/state/?type=oregon). The AMBER Alert information is forwarded via email and cell phone text message to those who register on the AMBER Alert.com website, and is posted on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) website (www.missingkids.com).

· OSP notifies Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) to initiate broadcast of EAS message

· OSP notifies Oregon Department of Transportation for placement of information on highway variable message signs

· OSP AMBER Alert Coordinator notifies NCMEC, which redistributes the alerts, per a request by the U.S. Department of Justice, to a network of secondary distributors that includes internet service providers, digital billboards, and others. This notification includes information for consideration to be sent out through the WEA program. The decision on what goes out in WEA is made by each state’s AMBER Alert program coordinator.

· OSP and/or the lead law enforcement agency send news release announcing activation and deactivation of the AMBER Alert. During activation, update news release(s) may be sent with important information needed to help safely recover the child.
Criteria for Activation Oregon State Police (OSP) is the designated law enforcement agency which local law enforcement agencies contact to initiate and activate an AMBER Alert in our state based upon the following criteria:

•Law enforcement confirms a child has been abducted;

•The child is 17 years or younger (not to be used when a child runs away);

•Law enforcement officials believe that the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death;

•There is adequate descriptive information available to believe that its dissemination to the public could help locate the child, suspect, and/or suspect's vehicle;

•The child's name and other critical data elements - including the child abduction (CA) and AMBER Alert (AA) flags must be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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