The program broadcasts details and asks for tips about abducted children or an adult with a proven mental or physical disability.
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.
It is essential that police conduct a thorough investigation and collect the necessary information before issuing an AMBER Alert. The police only activate an Amber Alert when these criteria are met:
- Police believe child, (or adult with a proven mental or physical disability), has been abducted;
- Police believe abductee is in danger of serious harm/death;
- There is enough descriptive information about the abductee, abductor or mode of transportation to enable the public to identify these elements;
- The alert can be issued soon enough that there is a reasonable expectation the abductee could be returned, or the abductor apprehended.
A broadcasted AMBER Alert may include this information:
- description of the abducted 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