Amber Plan for Utah

updated3/16/15

WebsiteUtah Amber Alert
Administrating AgencyUtah Department of Public Safety
ContactPaul Murphy
Office of the Utah Attorney General
801-538-1892

Department of Public Safety
801-965-4446
Steps for ActivationUtah's Endangered Missing Advisory

PURPOSE

The Endangered Missing Advisory is a system to rapidly disseminate information about a missing and/or endangered person to law enforcement agencies and the media. The Endangered Missing Advisory is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement and local broadcasters for notifying the public about a missing and endangered person. The advisories are initiated solely by Utah law enforcement agencies.

The initiating agency must determine if the guideline for an Endangered Missing Advisory is met:

* Is the person missing under unexplained or suspicious circumstances?
* Is the person believed to be in danger because of age, health, mental or physical disability, environment or weather conditions, in the company of a potentially dangerous person or some other factor that may put the person in peril?
* Is there information that could assist the public in the safe recovery of the missing person?

Do the circumstances fail to meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert? (If they DO meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert, immediately follow the protocol to issue an AMBER Alert).

What Happens When an Endangered Missing Advisory is Activated?

* Law Enforcement enters information into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
* All Utah law enforcement agencies are notified with a state wide "Attempt to Locate"/Endangered Missing entry.
* Broadcasters and media are notified by eMail.

Note: Freeway signs will not be activated for an Endangered Missing Advisory. The purpose for the advisory is for media notification.
Criteria for ActivationUtah's criteria for an AMBER Alert:

1. Is this believed to be a child abduction?
2. Is the child 17 years of age or younger? (AMBER Alerts are not activated for persons over 17)
3. Is the victim believed to be facing imminent danger, serious bodily injury or death?
4. Is there information that could assist the public in the safe recovery of the victim or the apprehension of a suspect?
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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