Washington D.C.

Amber Plan for Washington D.C.

updated 3/16/15

WebsiteWashington D.C. Amber Alert
Administrating AgencyMetropolitan Police Department
ContactLt. Bobby Ladson
Metropolitan Police Department
Steps for ActivationThe District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (MPDC) is the principal Law Enforcement agency in DC and shall act as the lead agency in the coordination and activation of the DC AMBER Plan. All other Police Agencies in DC, i.e. US Park, Federal Protective and the United States Capitol Police, etc. shall coordinate and make all requests to the MPDC for the activation of the AMBER Alert Plan.

The Metropolitan Police Department, DC (MPDC) can only set activation of the AMBER Alert Plan in motion for the District of Columbia (DC). All other police agencies in the District of Columbia making requests for the activation, MUST contact the DC Metropolitan Police Department’s on duty AMBER Coordinator who will confirm that an alleged abduction meets the investigative criteria for an AMBER Alert activation. Only when the AMBER Alert Administrator (Commander of the Youth and Preventive Services Division) via the AMBER Alert coordinator, agrees with the investigating officer, may an alert be issued by the Metropolitan Police Department, DC.

After an abduction is confirmed, and the investigating officer’s report has been entered into the N.C.I.C. System and the W.A.L.E.S. System, the AMBER Alert Coordinator shall activate the AMBER Alert. By immediately entering the child abduction emergency (CAE) information into the Emergency Management Network (EMnet) system, and the Internet web site www.DCAmberplan.com. this concurrently notifies the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the FBI.

The MPDC AMBER Coordinator shall also requests that the:

1.) DC Emergency Management Agency assist him in the activation of the AMBER Alert for a CAE – Child Abduction Emergency - code broadcast to the District of Columbia broadcast stations that are part of the DC’s EAS Plan via the EMnet system.

The AMBER Coordinator shall further provide the EMA with an electronic request with all information that he is requesting to be disseminated by the EMA and subsequently distributed to the District Department of

2.) Upon activation of an AMBER ALERT, the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT), Traffic Management Center (TMC) shall activate the Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) and Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) system.

The AMBER Coordinator shall provide the DDOT with an electronic request with all information that he is requesting to be disseminated.

DDOT’s TMC shall display pertinent information on the DMS signs and immediately contact the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Operations Centers and provide them with the AMBER information.3.) The AMBER Coordinator shall request additional notifications be made through the Regional Incident Coordination Communications System (RICCS) or other text messaging systems by the DCEMA.

Through Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), the MPDC AMBER Coordinator may send information to secondary distributors, i.e. AOL to alert its subscribers, the Maryland and/or the Virginia State Police Headquarters AMBER Coordinators, who are the state points of contact for the coordination of all AMBER activations in their states.

If a DC AMBER Alert is not received via the EMnet system or its web site, it should not be considered valid.
Criteria for Activation1.) The abducted child must be 17 years of age or younger, and the law enforcement agency believes the child has been abducted (unwillingly taken from their environment without permission from the child’s parent or legal guardian).

Child abduction by a non-custodial parent is not a case that would routinely meet the DC AMBER plan criteria. Unless the investigating agency can articulate a reasonable suspicion that the parent intends to physically harm the child.

2.) The law enforcement agency believes the abducted child is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death.
3.) A law enforcement investigation has taken place that verified the abduction (i.e., eyewitness account) or eliminated alternative explanations;
4.) There must be sufficient information about the child; abductor and / or suspect to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the child, suspect, and/or the suspect’s vehicle;
5.) The abductor and/or child are likely to still be in the broadcast area;
6.) The reporting agency provides the incident report number to the Metropolitan Police Department, DC’s AMBER Coordinator;
7.) The Child must be entered in the Washington Area Law Enforcement System (WALES) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
Scope of Amber AlertCitywide
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