What are Amber Alert guidelines in Indiana?
Specific circumstances warrant alert issuance
Last Updated: 93 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - The issuance of an Amber Alert is relatively rare in Indiana, but there is still confusion about what circumstances warrant an alert.
The state's Amber Alert Plan has specific guidelines that are followed when the circumstances arise.
Here are the basic guidelines:
- The subject of the alert must be under the age of 18
- The child must be believed to be abducted and in danger of serious bodily harm or death
- Descriptive information must be available to believe that the broadcast of an alert will help
- The law enforcement agency with jurisdiction must request the issuance of the alert
Reports of missing people in Indiana are relatively common. Missing child reports are frequently posted and shared with RTV6 through social media.
Often, people who send and others who comment on those posts are unclear about what warrants the issuance of an Amber Alert.
"Thousands of children are missing in the state of Indiana, the majority of which are runaways," said ISP 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten. "If we used Amber Alert in all of those circumstances, on average we would do an Amber Alert every 43 minutes. I think at some point, the viewing public would become disenchanted with it."
The Amber Alert guidelines call for the alert to be active for five hours from its issuance. Alerts are issued through Indiana State Police.
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