Information about the Michigan AMBER Alert Plan

Information about the Michigan AMBER Alert Plan
What is the Michigan AMBER Alert Plan?
The Michigan Amber Alert plan is a partnership between law enforcement and the media to help in the immediate dissemination of information to the public about an endangered missing child. AMBER Alerts are urgent bulletins issued in the most serious child-abduction cases. The America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry. Amber Alert of Michigan is supported by the Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Sheriff's Association, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
What are the criteria for issuing an AMBER Alert?
An endangered missing person under 17 years of age is reported to law enforcement and one or more of the following circumstances exist:
  • The child suffers from a severe mental or physical disability that greatly impairs the child's ability to care for him/herself.
  • The child is a victim of stranger or acquaintance kidnapping. Stranger kidnapping is defined as a child being taken against his/her will by a stranger. Acquaintance kidnapping is defined as a child being taken against his/her will by an acquaintance of the child or the child's family.
  • The child is in the company of a person who has a confirmed criminal history of child abuse/neglect, sexual assault, domestic assault, a crime involving the victimization of children, or has made statements of intent to harm the missing child, or is suicidal.
  • The child has been abducted by a non-custodial parent whose parental rights have been terminated.
How do I report a missing child?
Contact your nearest law enforcement agency or call 9-1-1.
I am a law enforcement officer, how do I request an AMBER Alert?

If you are a law enforcement official who needs to activate an AMBER Alert, please call the Michigan State Police Operation's Lieutenant at 1-517-241-8000. 

How is an AMBER Alert activated?
  1. The law enforcement agency investigating the endangered missing child case contacts the Michigan State Police, supplying information on the case. If the request meets the activation criteria, The Michigan State Police activates the Michigan AMBER Alert Plan by activating the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
  2. Broadcasters immediately break broadcasting after learning of the AMBER Alert activation.  Broadcasters supply the listening public, information on the endangered missing child.
  3. The public actively searches for the endangered missing child after hearing the AMBER Alert activation on the radio or television, reporting any sightings to law enforcement.
What is a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)?
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. There are three types of alerts: Extreme weather and other threatening emergencies in your area, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential alerts during a national emergency. A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters. You can opt out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and AMBER Alerts, but not for Presidential messages. To opt out, adjust settings on your mobile device (if you don’t know how to do this, contact your mobile carrier for information).

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