U.S. Department of Justice AMBER Alert Criteria

Every successful AMBER plan contains clearly defined activation criteria. The following guidance is designed to achieve a uniform, interoperable network of plans across the country, and to minimize potentially deadly delays because of confusion among varying jurisdictions. The following are criteria recommendations from the Department of Justice:


1.  There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred.



2.  The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger
of serious bodily injury or death.



3.  There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction
for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child.



4.  The abduction is of a child aged 17 years or younger.



5.  The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag,
have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.