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Michigan State Police Announced Changes to AMBER Alert Criteria

Dec 16, 2016

On Thursday, the Michigan State Police announced they are changing the criteria for issuing an AMBER Alert in Michigan.  Effective, January 1, 2017, AMBER Alerts will only be issued for cases of child abductions, involving victims under the age of 18, but all AMBER Alerts will receive a Wireless Emergency Alert.  A vehicle license plate number is no longer required for a Wireless Emergency Alert.  Previously, in addition to abducted children, AMBER Alerts were authorized for missing children with severe mental or physical disabilities who wandered away and were unable to care for themselves.

Missing child cases that don’t meet the revised AMBER Alert criteria will be eligible for a new notification called an Endangered Missing Advisory, for which there is no age restriction.  The Endangered Missing Advisory is a notice sent to broadcast and print media in the geographic area of the incident, but unlike an AMBER Alert, this advisory does not utilize the Emergency Alert System to interrupt broadcasting and it will not be sent to mobile devices as a WEA.

For more information, please visit www.michigan.gov/AmberAlert.

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