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Guidelines for Issuing AMBER Alerts

The recipient of a BA in finance and marketing from the University of Oregon, Dominic O’Dierno has served as the CEO of Amare, LLC, for nearly two decades. In this capacity, Dominic ODierno focuses on providing business development consulting services to companies and individuals. Additionally, Dominic O’Dierno volunteers with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a nonprofit organization tasked by the United States Department of Justice with managing secondary AMBER Alert releases.

Law enforcement issues an AMBER alert because they received notification that an abduction occurred. Before issuing an AMBER warning, law enforcement must confirm an abduction and child’s level of danger. Stranger abductions are the most hazardous for children. Allowing activations without substantial evidence might lead to system abuse and reduce the system’s efficacy.

The United States Department of Justice issued guidelines for AMBER Alerts. The guidelines create a standard across the country and avoid fatal delays from misunderstandings among various jurisdictions. They are:

1. Law enforcement has grounds to believe that an abduction has happened.

2. Law enforcement believes the child remains in imminent danger of death or serious physical damage.

3. Law enforcement has enough detailed information about the victim and the abduction to issue an AMBER Alert to aid in the child’s rescue.

4. The abducted child is under the age of 17.

5. The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system received the child’s identity and other key data components, including the Child Abduction flag.

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