The Department of Justice has released new updated guidelines to help states and regional offices recover abducted children through America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alerts.
The updated AMBER Alert Program Best Practices resource guide, authored by the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College, and published by the Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, provides a “what works” approach based on input of those who lead and oversee AMBER Alerts as part of larger missing persons and child protection programs at the state and regional levels.
Originally published in 2012, the 2019 second edition of the guide was announced by OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and National AMBER Alert Coordinator Matt M. Dummermuth during remarks given at the National AMBER Alert Symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“Technology, and our knowledge about what works in responding to child abductions, have evolved over the last seven years, and it’s time we give you a resource that helps you adapt to those changes,” explained Dummermuth.
“The new guide is organized around the life cycle of an AMBER Alert, so it connects best practices to each decision point in the response, from intake of a report to specific law enforcement actions and on to the elements that factor into an AMBER Alert coordinator’s decisions.”
“Protecting children—especially those whose lives are in imminent danger—is fundamental to the mission of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,” added OJJDP Administrator Caren Harp.
“This new resource will give our regional, state and local AMBER Alert partners the latest information, solicited from veteran public safety officials and seasoned experts, on how to respond swiftly and effectively to child abductions.”
The Office of Justice Programs, directed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matt M. Dummermuth, provides federal leadership, grants and resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal justice system.
To access the newly updated AMBER Alert Program Best Practices resource guide, go to http://www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/252759.pdf.
NCJTC Training Opportunities
For over a quarter of a century, The National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College (NCJTC), has served as a national leader responsible for carrying out some of the nation’s largest and most high-profile training programs funded through the Department of Justice.
Current initiatives include AMBER Alert, Internet Crimes Against Children, Missing and Exploited Children and Sex Offender Re-entry training and technical assistance programs.
(On January 13, 1996, nine-year-old Amber Rene Hagerman was abducted while riding her bike in Arlington, Texas. Four days later, a man was walking his dog near the Forest Hill Apartments, just a few miles from where the Amber had been snatched. At the bottom of a creek bed, he saw a child’s body. Amber Hagerman had been found. By 1999, the task force had been disbanded and the case had gone cold. The killer has gone undetected now for eleven years. 1996 the AMBER Alert was created. This is a tribute to Amber Hagerman and her family. Though she is not missing, her killer has not been found. Courtesy of Find the Missing and YouTube. Posted on Sep 20, 2016.)
DOJ Project Safe Childhood Honored in 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
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(Learn about how PCS Nationwide partner, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) as well as the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Unit (CEOS), is responding to the ever-changing threats to children online. Courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and YouTube. Posted in Oct 2018.)
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(CNN’s Gary Tuchman revisits the cold case of Amber Hagerman, who was the inspiration for the Amber Alert system. Courtesy of CNN and YouTube. Posted on Jan 18, 2011.)