Overview

Each AMBER Alert broadcast:

  • asks for tips to help find an abducted child – or adult with a proven mental or physical disability – who is at risk of harm
  • gives details about the child or adult

If you have a tip about an AMBER Alert, immediately call the number in the alert or 911.

Activation

Only police can activate an AMBER Alert. Before doing this, they will conduct a thorough investigation and collect the information necessary to issue it.

Criteria

Police only activate an alert if all 4 activation criteria have been met:

  • a child or an adult with a proven mental or physical disability has been abducted
  • the child or adult is in danger of serious harm or death
  • there’s enough descriptive information to enable the public to identify the:
    • child or adult
    • abductor, or
    • mode of transportation
  • there’s a reasonable expectation the abductee could be returned, or the abductor could be apprehended

Details

AMBER Alerts may include information like:

  • descriptions – suspect, abductee, vehicles
  • abduction details – when, where, how the abduction happened
  • locations – the last possible location of the suspect or abductee
  • directions – directions the suspect may be traveling

Broadcasts

When an AMBER Alert is broadcasted, the alert:

Partners

The AMBER Alert program is based on a co-operative partnership between: