The program broadcasts details and asks for tips about abducted children or missing mentally / physically disabled teens and adults.
What's important to know
If you have a tip about a victim or suspect, immediately call 911 or the phone number in the alert.
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How it works
In Alberta, the Amber Alert program is based on a voluntary, co-operative partnership between:
Each province has an AMBER Alert program; protocols are in place to ensure they co-ordinate their efforts.
The police only activate an Amber Alert when these criteria are met:
- police believe that a child has been abducted or a mentally / physically disabled teen or adult is missing
- there’s reason to believe the victim is in danger of serious harm or death
- there’s enough information available that – if it’s broadcasted to the public – could help the police safely recover the victim
- the alert can be broadcasted soon enough to create a reasonable expectation that the victim can be returned or the suspect apprehended
A broadcasted Amber Alert may include this information:
- description of the abducted or missing person
- description of the suspect
- vehicles involved
- what, where, why and how the abduction happened
- last location of the suspect
- direction the suspect is travelling
When an Amber Alert is broadcasted by the media, the alert:
- interrupts all participating radio and TV stations (including satellites)
- appears on social media – Facebook, Twitter, etc. – and RSS feeds
- appears on electronic highway signs
- notifies the Canada Border Services Agency to prevent the suspect and victim from leaving Canada
- is sent to Wireless Amber Alerts subscribers