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State Amber Alert Plans

State Agencies - Amber Alert Plans

Critical Missing Child Response Program

The Amber Alert is a critical missing child response program that utilizes the resources of law enforcement and media to notify the public when children are kidnapped by predators.

Although the scope of the Amber Alert varies, the criteria for activation are fairly consistent. Whether it is a local, regional or statewide program, law enforcement activates an Amber Alert by notifying broadcast media with relevant identifying and case information when circumstances meets the following criteria:

  • The missing child is of a pre-determined age;
  • The law enforcement agency believes the child has been kidnapped;
  • The agency believes the missing child is under threat of serious bodily harm or death.

The Origin of the Amber Plan

The AMBER Plan had its beginnings in January 13, 1996 as a powerful legacy to 9 year-old Amber Hagerman, a joyfully bright little girl who was kidnapped and brutally murdered while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas.

State Agencies: Amber Alert Plans

State Contact
Alabama Alabama Bureau of Investigation / Missing Children Clearinghouse
1-800-228-7688
Alaska Lieutenant Steven Adams
Fairbanks Dispatch Center
907-451-5100
Arizona Art Brooks
Arizona Broadcasters Association
602-252-4833

Arizona Department of Public Safety
602-223-2212
Arkansas Major Henry La Mar
Arkansas State Police
501-618-8000
California Captain Jay Bart
California Highway Patrol
1-800-TELL-CHP (1-800-835-5247)
Colorado Maria Lunn
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Denver Office of Major Crimes Unit
303-239-4211
Connecticut Lt. Paul Vance
Connecticut State Police
860-685-8190
Delaware Sgt. Richard Bratz
Delaware State Police Communications
302-739-5901
District of Columbia Lt. Bobby Ladson
Metropolitan Police Department
202-727-9099
Florida Dinah Johnson
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Missing Children Information Clearinghouse
1-888-356-4774
Georgia Brad Parks
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
404-244-2600
Hawaii Charlene Takeno
Missing Child Center-Hawaii
Department of the Attorney General
808-753-9797
hawaiimissingkids@hawaii.gov
Idaho Dawn Peck
Idaho State Police
208-884-7000
Illinois Craig Burge
Illinois State Police
1-800-843-5763
missing@isp.state.il.us
Indiana Andre Clark
Indiana State AMBER Alert Center
317-234-4636
ispamberalert@isp.in.gov
Iowa Lt. Adam Buck
Iowa State Patrol Communications
515-323-4360
Kansas William Smith
Kansas Bureau of Investigation
785-296-8262
1-800-KS CRIME
Kentucky Major John Bradley
Kentucky State Police
502-564-0838
Louisiana Sgt. Stacey Pearson
Louisiana State Police, Troop F
318-345-0000
Maine Lt. Brian McDonough
Maine State Police
207-624-7076
Maryland Sgt. Debbie Flory
Maryland State Police
410-653-4200
Massachusetts Trooper Nicole Morrell
Massachusetts State Police
508-820-2121
Michigan D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs
Michigan State Police
1-800-525-5555
517-241-8000
Minnesota Kris Rush
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
651-793-7000
Mississippi Lt. James Herzog
Mississippi Highway Patrol
601-987-1212 or 1530
Missouri Captain Michael Turner
Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop F
573-751-1000
Montana Jennifer Viets, CJIN Program Manager
Montana Department of Justice
406-444-2800
Nebraska Sgt. Jeromy McCoy
Nebraska State Patrol
308-385-6000
Nevada Dennis Osborn
Nevada Highway Patrol
775-684-0400
New Hampshire Sara Hennessey
New Hampshire State Police
603-271-3636
New Jersey DSFC Louis Andrinopoulos
New Jersey State Police
609-882-2000
New Mexico Regina Chacon
New Mexico State Police
505-827-9300
New York Senior Investigator Gary B. Kelly
New York State Police
NYSP Special Victims Unit
(The NYS AMBER Alert Coordinator’s Office)
518-457-6811
NYSPSVU@troopers.ny.gov
North Carolina Nona M. B. Everette
North Carolina Center for Missing Persons
1-800-522-5437
North Dakota Sgt. Thomas Iverson
North Dakota State Police
701-328-9921
Ohio Captain Kenneth Kocab
Department of Public Safety
Emergency Operations Center
614-466-2660
Oklahoma Gene Thaxton
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Communications Center
405-425-2323
Oregon Bob Rector (Southern Command Center)
Oregon State Police Communications Center
503-375-3555
Pennsylvania Trooper Robert Levan
Pennsylvania State Police
717-346-5430
Puerto Rico Tnte. Johnny Acevedo
Puerto Rico Police Department
787-782-9006
Rhode Island Lt. Michael Reynolds, Jr.
Rhode Island State Police
401-444-1000
South Carolina Patti Ruff
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)
803-737-9000
South Dakota Bryan Dockter
Bureau of Info.Technology
605-773-7281

Pierre State Radio
605-773-3536
Tennessee ASAC Louis Kuykendall
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
615-744-4000
Texas State Operations Center (SOC)
Texas Division of Emergency Management
Texas Department of Public Safety
(512) 424-2208
soc@dps.texas.gov
Utah Gina McNeil
Office of the Utah Attorney General
801-538-1892

Department of Public Safety
801-965-4446
Vermont Lt. Kevin Lane
Vermont State Police
802-875-2112
Virginia First Sgt. K. Scott Downs
Virginia State Police – Missing Children’s Clearinghouse
804-674 2026
U.S.Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department
340-772-9111
Washington Carri Gordon
Washington State Patrol
360-753-6540
West Virginia Sgt. Gerald Dornburg
West Virginia State Police
304-746-2158
Wisconsin Michelle DuBois
Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children
608-266 1671

Wyoming Tim Olsen
Wyoming Office of the Attorney General
Division of Criminal Investigation
307-777-7181

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