Wyoming AMBER Alert
 
The AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert network was created after the tragic death of Amber Hagerman who was abducted while riding her bicycle and then brutally murdered.  AMBER Alerts are emergency messages broadcast when a law enforcement agency determines that a child has been abducted and is in imminent danger. The broadcasts include information about the child and the abductor that could lead to the child's recovery, such as a physical description and information about the abductor's vehicle. AMBER Alerts have saved 957 lives since they began in 1996.

The Wyoming AMBER Plan is a cooperative effort between law-enforcement agencies, Wyoming Association of Broadcasters, Wyoming Department of Transportation and the National Weather Service to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of the AMBER Alert is to instantly inform the entire community so that citizens may assist in the search for the abducted child.

Criteria 

  • Law enforcement officer confirms the child has been abducted.
  • The child is 17 years of age or younger.
  • Officer believes the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
  • There is sufficient descriptive information about the child, the abductor, and/or suspect, and vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast will help in recovering the child. 

When it is believed that a child under 18 years of age has been abducted, local law enforcement will take the report and contact Wyoming Highway Patrol to request an AMBER Alert. If all criteria are met, the Wyoming Highway Patrol will activate the AMBER Alert System statewide, and will also request other states to activate on Wyoming's behalf if it is believed the suspect may take the child to another state.
 
Wyoming Endangered Person Advisory

The Missing and Endangered Person Advisory is a modified alert program designed to provide Wyoming law enforcement agencies another option to respond to the different types of missing persons which may include missing children and adults. Missing and Endangered Person Advisories can be used in situations that do not meet AMBER Alert criteria. 

Criteria 

  • Incident has been reported and investigated by law enforcement.
  • The missing person is under unexplained, involuntary, or suspicious circumstances.
  • The person is believed to be in danger of death or serious injury.
  • There is enough information that could assist the public in the safe recovery of the missing person.

Local law enforcement will take the report and contact the Wyoming Highway Patrol to request an activation of the Wyoming Endangered Person Advisory. If the criteria are met we will activate the Wyoming Endangered Person Advisory. 

Criteria from the Department of Justice

  • There is a reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred.
  • The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
  • 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.
  • The abduction is of a child aged 17 years or younger.
  • The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been/or will be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.

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