The AMBER Alert program was introduced in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2003. It is a province wide innovative program which partners the province's law enforcement community, media broadcasting agencies and the public with a focus of locating abducted children.
When an AMBER Alert occurs, police agencies provide the public with immediate and up-to-date information about an ongoing child abduction by widespread media broadcasts and solicits the public's help in the safe and swift return of the child.
AMBER Alert Criteria:
Police have confirmed an abduction has occurred.
The victim is a child, or of proven mental or physical disability.
There is reason to believe the victim is in danger of serious bodily injury.
Information is available that, if broadcast to the general public, could assist in the safe recovery of the child.
For more information, contact:
RNC Communications at 729-8333 or the Amber Line at 729-HOME (4663). RCMP Criminal Operations at 772-5448 or RCMP Media Relations Unit at 772-5926.
In 1996, the brutal kidnapping and murder of 9 year old Amber Hagerman, caused her community of Arlington Texas to come together and create the AMBER (America's Missing Broadcast Emergency Response) program with the intent of preventing such incidents from occurring in the future and to increase the safety of children in the community.