What are the criteria for issuing AMBER alerts?

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Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

(WRDW/WAGT) -- The AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child.

What are the criteria for issuing AMBER Alerts?

Each state AMBER Alert plan includes its own criteria for issuing AMBER Alerts.
The Department's Guidance on Criteria for Issuing AMBER Alerts is as follows:
- There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred.
- The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
- There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child.
- The abduction is of a child aged 17 years or younger.
- The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.

Most states’ guidelines adhere closely to the Department of Justice's recommended guidelines.

GEORGIA ACTIVATION CRITERIA:
Before Levi's Call can be activated, the following "Alert Criteria" must be met:
- Law enforcement officials have a reasonable belief that an abduction has occurred.
- Law enforcement officials believe that the child is in imminent danger or serious bodily injury or death.
- Enough descriptive information exists about the victim and the abductor for law enforcement to issue a Levi's Call: Georgia's AMBER Alert.
- The victim of the abduction is a child age 17 years or younger.
- The child's name and other critical data elements - including the child abduction (CA) and AMBER Alert (AA) flags - have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system

Activation will not be granted for:
- Non-custodial abductions where no danger exists to the child
- Runaways

SOUTH CAROLINA ACTIVATION CRITERIA:
As soon as an abduction is reported and the investigation reveals all of the following:
- The law enforcement agency believes that the child has been abducted: taken from their environment unlawfully, without authority of law, and without permission from the child's parent or legal guardian.
- The child is 17 years old or younger, and the law enforcement agency believes the child is in immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death; or if the individual is 18 years old or older, and the law enforcement agency believes the individual is at greater risk for immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death because the individual possesses a proven physical or mental disability.
- All other possibilities for the victim's disappearance have been reasonably excluded.
- There is sufficient information available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the victim, suspect, or vehicle used in the abduction.
- The child's name and other critical data have been entered into NCIC.

What is a Levi's Call?
Levi's Call is the Georgia Amber Alert for an abducted child.
Click here to view a list of open Levi's Call Alerts.

Click here to view a list of open Amber Alerts.

What is a Mattie's Call?
Mattie's Call is for missing elderly or disabled persons.

What is a Kimberly's Call?
Kimberly's Call is for fugitives at large.

What is a Blue Alert?
Blue Alert Officer Down is for injured or killed law enforcement officers.
Blue Alert Officer Missing is for missing law enforcement officers

Click to sign up for Amber Alerts.

For information about how AMBER Alerts are distributed to cell phones visit www.missingkids.com/AMBER/WE.