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America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert

The America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert system was created after the abduction and murder of Amber Hagerman in 1996. AMBER Alerts are police-issued notifications providing information (e.g., about the abductor’s car, the child’s name, the child’s last known location) to the public in order to help locate a missing child and abductor. Alerts were intended for stranger abductions but are most commonly used in cases of familial abductions or other missing-child circumstances. AMBER Alert research branches into the fields of criminology, law/policy, and psychology. This entry discusses these fields as well as a psychological analysis and the future directions of research.

Effectiveness of AMBER Alert: A Criminological Analysis

Criminologists have discovered a number of key themes related to the limited effectiveness of the AMBER Alert ...

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