AMBER Alerts

The AMBER Alert program is a partnership between law enforcement and mass media outlets to inform the general public about a child abduction incident. Its goal is to use technological advances and community-wide surveillance to assist in locating abducted children as quickly as possible. AMBER is an acronym for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and was created as a legacy to Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl from Arlington, Texas, who was abducted in broad daylight and later found murdered. The system was created in 1996 when Dallas–Fort Worth broadcasters united with local law enforcement to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. It has since spread across all the 50 U.S. states and is used in several countries. This entry reveals the ...

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