The Ohio AMBER Alert Steering Committee announced Sunday that the State of Ohio will be observing National AMBER Alert Awareness Day on January 13, 2013. This is a day set aside to honor the memory of Amber Hagerman and the establishment of the AMBER Alert Program.
According to a news release from state officials, more than 595 children nationwide have been successfully recovered as a result of the AMBER Alert Program. The following criteria have been established to ensure AMBER Alerts are only used during witnessed or confirmed abductions of children:
· An abducted child must be under 18 years of age.
· The abduction poses a credible threat of immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death to a child.
· A law enforcement agency determines that the child is not a runaway and has not been abducted as a result of a child custody dispute, unless the dispute poses a credible threat of immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death to the child.
· There is sufficient descriptive information about the child, the abductor, and the circumstances surrounding the abduction to indicate that activation of the alert will help locate the child.
AMBER Alerts can only be issued by a law enforcement agency and should be used for situations meeting the established criteria.