Amber Plan for Washington

updated 3/16/15

WebsiteWashington Ambrer Alert
Administrating AgencyWashington State Patrol
ContactCarrie Gordon
Washington State Patrol
360-753-6540
Steps for ActivationThe Washington AMBER Alert Statewide Plan takes effect when a law enforcement agency with an approved AMBER Alert Plan has determined that the incident qualifies under the criteria of the Statewide Plan. These law enforcement agencies initiate activation of the Emergency Alert System and the AMBER Alert Web Portal. In the event a law enforcement agency does not have an approved plan, they must utilize the resources of another law enforcement agency with an approved plan to activate an AMBER Alert, or the Washington State Patrol will assist them in activating an alert.
Criteria for ActivationMany law enforcement agencies throughout Washington State have formulated AMBER Alert Plans. Once notified there has been an abduction, they review the information relating to the abduction to determine if certain criteria are met. Many factors determine whether or not an actual AMBER Alert will occur, which include:

* The age of the child. The child must be under 18 and known to have been abducted (e.g., not a runaway or thrownaway from home).
* The abducted child is believed to be in danger of death or serious bodily injury.
* The AMBER Alert activation should occur within 4 hours of the event qualifying unless circumstances warrant otherwise.
* There must be enough descriptive information available to believe an AMBER Alert will assist in the recovery.
* The incident must be reported to and investigated by a law enforcement agency.

In the event a law enforcement agency does not have an approved plan, they must utilize the resources of another law enforcement agency with an approved plan to activate an AMBER Alert, or the Washington State Patrol will assist them in activating an alert.

When an incident does not qualify under the criteria for an AMBER Alert, the Washington State Patrol will offer press releases, the WSP’s Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit, and other notification methods available at that time.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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