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AMBER Alert's Successes Noted on 17th Anniversary

January 18, 2013

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January 2013 marks the 17th anniversary of the abduction and murder of 9-year old Amber Hagerman and the creation of the AMBER Alert Program, a partnership between law enforcement, broadcasters, state transportation agencies, and other stakeholders with the purpose of issuing AMBER Alerts—emergency bulletins—to the public when a missing/abducted child is determined to be in imminent danger. AMBER Alerts have led to the safe recovery of 602 abducted children to date.

In a blog post, Mary Lou Leary, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs and National AMBER Alert Coordinator, discusses the growth of the program, highlights resources for parents/guardians and training and technical assistance opportunities for stakeholders, and urges the public to "recommit themselves and remain alert and responsive" to these emergency broadcasts.


Learn more about the AMBER Alert Program.

Download free resources from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.