Amber Pland for South Carolina

updated 3/16/15

WebsiteSouth Carolina Amber Alert
Administrating AgencySouth Carolina Law Enforcement Division
ContactPatti Ruff
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)
803-737-9000
Steps for Activation* The Chief of SLED or his designee will disseminate the South Carolina AMBER Alert Information Form by fax and e-mail to radio and television stations designated by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, and the Associated Press Control Bureau for South Carolina, which will be asked to provide this information as well for their broadcast wires in North Carolina and Georgia, due to the overlap of broadcast coverage.

* SLED will notify all South Carolina law enforcement agencies via BOLO, and will contact the South Carolina Department of Public Safety at (803) 896-4644, the South Carolina Department of Transportation at (803) 654-7437, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (803) 551-4200.

* SLED will notify all Agents of the South Carolina AMBER Alert.

* The South Carolina Department of Public Safety will notify State Troopers of the South Carolina AMBER Alert.

* The South Carolina Department of Transportation will activate traffic advisory signs in various locations throughout the state with South Carolina AMBER Alert information for up to eight hours after the Alert is initiated.

* Following this activation process, the public will be notified by the news media of the South Carolina AMBER Alert every 15 minutes for the next 3 hours.

* After eight hours from the time the alert begins, any updates/cancellations (see attached update/cancellation forms) should be made directly to the South Carolina Clearinghouse at 1-800-322-4453.

* In the event a citizen sees the child, abductor, and/or vehicle fitting the South Carolina AMBER Alert description, they should immediately call 911 with that information and the location. The agency receiving this information will then contact the initiating agency with this citizen-supplied information.

* At the conclusion of an AMBER Alert, the Chief of SLED or his designee will fax and e-mail a formal close to the alert to all radio and television stations, the Associated Press Control Bureau for South Carolina, all South Carolina law enforcement agencies via BOLO, and will contact the South Carolina Department of Public Safety at (803) 896-4644, the South Carolina Department of Transportation at (803) 654-7437, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation at (803) 551-4200.
Criteria for ActivationAs soon as an abduction is reported and the investigation reveals all of the following:

1. The law enforcement agency believes that the child has been abducted: taken from their environment unlawfully, without authority of law, and without permission from the child's parent or legal guardian.

2. The child is 17 years old or younger, and the law enforcement agency believes the child is in immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death; or if the individual is 18 years old or older, and the law enforcement agency believes the individual is at greater risk for immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death because the individual possesses a proven physical or mental disability.

3. All other possibilities for the victim's disappearance have been reasonably excluded.

4. There is sufficient information available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the victim, suspect, or vehicle used in the abduction.

5. The child's name and other critical data have been entered into NCIC.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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