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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.

Resources:

Learn more about the AMBER Alert Program.

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