Amber Plan for Tennessee

updated 3/16/15

WebsiteTennessee Amber Alert
Administrating AgencyTennessee Bureau of Investigation
ContactASAC Mike Cox
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
615-744-4000
Steps for ActivationOnce law enforcement has been notified about an abducted child, they must first determine if the case meets the AMBER Plan’s criteria for triggering an alert.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children suggests three criteria that should be met before an Alert is activated.
* Law enforcement confirms a child has been abducted.
* Law enforcement believes the circumstances surrounding the abduction indicate that the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death.
* There is enough descriptive information about the child, abductor, and/or suspect’s vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help.

If these criteria are met, alert information must be put together for public distribution.

This information can include descriptions and pictures of the missing child, the suspected abductor, a suspected vehicle, and any other information available and valuable to identifying the child and suspect.

The information is then faxed to radio stations designated as primary stations under the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

The primary stations send the same information to area radio and television stations and cable systems via the EAS, and it is immediately broadcast by participating stations to millions of listeners.

Radio stations interrupt programming to announce the Alert, and television stations and cable systems run a "crawl" on the screen along with a picture of the child.

Since the original AMBER Plan was established, 88 modified versions have been adopted at local, regional, and statewide levels. Thirty-eight states have a state-wide plan.
Criteria for ActivationTBI will issue an AMBER Alert when requested by a law enforcement agency when the following conditions are met:
1) Accurate information on at least one of the following:
1) Description of child
2) Description of suspect
3) Description of vehicle
2) Child must be 17 years of age or younger
3) A belief that the child is in imminent danger of bodily injury or death.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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