AMBER Alert Briefs

Short News Clips on AMBER Alert & Child Protection Issues


AMBER Alert Briefs – Issue I 2019

Lumberton, North Carolina, police said false information being shared by the public about an AMBER Alert case hampered their investigation. An alert was issued for Hania Aguilar on November 5, 2018, after she was abducted from her home. People started to spread stories that a girl who looked like the victim was in Charlotte. Police […]

AMBER Alert Briefs – Issue IV 2018

The Ontario, Ohio, Police Department is using two drones to search in AMBER Alerts and other cases involving missing juveniles or older adults. The department used money from federally seized drugs to purchase the drones, which cost $14,000 each. The drones pro-vide live video feeds and have been used dozens of times, including when an […]

AMBER Alert Briefs – Fall 2018

New York law enforcement officers are stopping motorists and asking them to replace peeled license plates for their own safety and for others. “Without us being able to read the license plate then it would make it difficult for us to spot stolen vehicles, or vehicles if there’s an alert or an Amber Alert [on […]

AMBER Alert Briefs – Summer 2018

Former AATTAP Administrator Phil Keith has been asked to oversee the nation’s community oriented policing program. Keith has been named as the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Police Services, or COPS Program. Keith oversaw the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance program from 2004 until 2014. From 1988 […]

AMBER Alert Briefs – Spring 2018

SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, will honor Donna Uzzell for its highest practitioner award for 2018. The Special Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been actively involved with promoting AMBER Alert, human trafficking and child safety training, and protecting vulnerable populations like the elderly and disabled. […]

AMBER Alert Briefs – Fall 2017

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp and representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spoke at a panel on child trafficking October 20, 2017, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. “I think it is critically important that this not just be a social worker’s problem, a cop’s problem, a legislator’s problem; that this […]

AMBER Alert Briefs – Spring 2017

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is recommending a simplification of the state’s AMBER Alert program. The KBI reviewed the system following concerns raised when an AMBER Alert failed to go out to cellphones after a mother and 3 children were abducted. The report recommends speeding up the process by giving more officers authority to […]

AMBER Alert Briefs – Summer 2017

Federal lawmakers are considering the “The AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017.” The act would make tribes eligible for Department of Justice grants for developing and implementing AMBER Alert communication plans on Tribal lands. The bipartisan legislation is in response to the 2016 fatal abduction of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation. […]

AMBER Alert Briefs – Winter 2017

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed the Blue Alert into law in September 2016 to warn the public that someone is wanted for assaulting or killing an officer. The alerts will go with information about the suspect and vehicle to law enforcement, media and on electronic road signs. The Blue Alert was enacted at the same […]