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Amber Alert: What It Takes To Find Kids Safe

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When it comes to missing kids The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children say about 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States. That's about 2,000 a day.

Last year alone the FBI reports there were nearly 470,000 entries for missing children to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

"Amber Alerts are are only used in the most dire circumstances," said Lt. Col. John Bradley with The Kentucky State Police. 

Here is the basic criteria for an Amber Alert according to the official Amber Alert website

  • There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred.
  • The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
  • There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child.
  • The abduction is of a child aged 17 years or younger.
  • The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.

iPhone users this is how to check if your Amber Alert notifications are activated: Take a look at the settings under notifications, then scroll to bottom. 
Make sure the "Amber Alerts" button is clicked to the right. 

The biggest question of all: Does the  Amber Alert work? The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows that 830 children have been successfully recovered as a result of the Amber Alert program. That includes 32 recoveries credited to the wireless emergency alert program.

"I train officers to know that the decisions they make, their ability to get credible and cogent meaningful information and allow us to get that out literally can save a child's life," added Bradley. 

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