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AMBER Alert Marks 20 Years of Rescuing Children

January 13, 2016

Amber Alert Logo January 2016 marks the 20th year since 9-year old Amber Hagerman was abducted and murdered, which led to the creation of the AMBER Alert program. AMBER Alert is 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. As of December 23, 2015, AMBER Alerts have led to the safe recovery of 794 children.

In a new blog post, Karol V. Mason, Assistant Attorney General 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 remain vigilant and responsive to these emergency broadcasts. 


Learn more about the AMBER Alert program.

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

Explore training and technical assistance opportunities through the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program.

Find AMBER Alerts on Facebook.

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