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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • Tuesday, March 29, 2011
  • Office of Justice Programs
  • Contact:  Starr Small
  • (202) 307-0703
  • www.ojp.gov

DEPARTMENT RELEASES GUIDE ON ENDANGERED MISSING ADVISORIES

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today released a new tool to help law enforcement agencies across the country develop strategies to find missing children and adults.  The Guide for Implementing or Enhancing an Endangered Missing Advisory (EMA) outlines how law enforcement can notify the public of missing persons cases that do not meet strict criteria for an AMBER Alert, including confirmation that a child younger than 17 has been abducted.

“We’ve heard from our criminal justice partners that they need a strategy to help them in their searches for missing children who have not been abducted, young people older than 17 who are missing, and adults who are missing and may be endangered due to Alzheimer’s or other reasons,” said Laurie O. Robinson, National AMBER Alert Coordinator and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP).  “I’m pleased that 34 states already have enacted EMA plans, and I believe this new guide will complement the AMBER Alert program and assist those without EMA plans to develop an effective approach to recovering missing children and adults.”

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), an OJP component, will distribute the new EMA guide to AMBER Alert coordinators across the country and to other state and local law enforcement partners.  Both the AMBER Alert and the EMA programs include an agreement between local law enforcement and broadcasters to issue an urgent bulletin for missing persons; however, an AMBER Alert can be issued only when a case meets specific criteria, such as confirmation by law enforcement that a child younger than 17 has been abducted and is at risk for serious injury or death.

The EMA guide is divided into three sections: (1) developing an EMA plan, (2) activating an EMA, and (3) building and sustaining support for the plan.  The guide also features examples of EMA plans, press releases, and case studies of how EMAs have been used to recover missing persons.  The guide is available at: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/232001.pdf.  The criteria for issuing an AMBER Alert are located at:  http://www.amberalert.gov/faqs.htm

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims.  OJP has seven components: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Community Capacity Development Office, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking.  More information about OJP can be found at www.ojp.gov.

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  • IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2010
  • WWW.OJP.GOV
  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
  • Contact: Joan LaRocca
  • (202) 307-0703

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HONORS AMBER ALERT COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR, CHARLES FLEEGER

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Marilyn Roberts, Deputy Administrator for the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), presented Charles Fleeger with the AMBER Alert Coordinator of the Year Award during the National AMBER Alert Symposium in Phoenix, AZ.

Lieutenant Fleeger, of the College Station Texas Police Department and AMBER Alert Coordinator for Texas Region 3, has dedicated countless hours to developing a Child Abduction Response Team (CART) for a seven-county region in Texas. Fleeger coordinates the law enforcement agencies and governmental agencies over the vast area, which includes many jurisdictions. Since the team's inception, Lieutenant Fleeger has been responsible for scheduling team member meetings and trainings that benefit not only the CART team members, but other law enforcement personnel. Lieutenant Fleeger is dedicated to bringing all children home safely and to the AMBER Alert Program. His commitment is evident by his hard work and long hours to ensure the success of the regional Brazos Valley CART.

"Keeping the AMBER Alert system vital and powerful relies on the work of many partners and supporters," said Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for OJP and National AMBER Alter Coordinator. "Our ongoing commitment is to improve and strengthen the AMBER Alert network to protect all children and rescue them if they are abducted or missing."

This year, during the National AMBER Alert Symposium, OJP recognized individual or collective efforts to protect children from abduction and to recover missing or abducted children. Award categories are:

  • AMBER Alert Coordinator of the Year
  • AMBER Alert Broadcaster/Media Person of the Year
  • AMBER Alert Law Enforcement Leadership Award
  • AMBER Alert Citizen Award

The AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert system began in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. The system was created in memory of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas, who was abducted while riding her bicycle and later found murdered. AMBER Alerts are emergency messages broadcast when a law enforcement agency determines that a child has been abducted and is in imminent danger. For more information about the AMBER Alert program, please visit http://www.amberalert.gov.

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The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has seven bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Community Capacity Development Office, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information about OJP and its components can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.




  • IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2010
  • WWW.OJP.GOV
  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
  • Contact: Joan LaRocca
  • (202) 307-0703

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HONORS NEW MEXICO LIEUTENANT WITH AMBER ALERT LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERSHIP AWARD

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Marilyn Roberts, Deputy Administrator for the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), presented Lieutenant Eric Garcia with the AMBER Alert Law Enforcement Leadership Award during the National AMBER Alert Symposium in Phoenix, AZ.

As the Public Information Officer and Associate Broadcast Media Coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and AMBER Alert Coordinator for New Mexico, Lieutenant Garcia worked tirelessly in 2010 to provide education and training on AMBER Alert laws, regulations, and protocols. Lieutenant Garcia has led more than two dozen AMBER Alert training sessions this year, participated in several New Mexico Media Broadcasters Association's training sessions, and provided training to the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Dispatcher Schools.

Lieutenant Garcia took Amber Alert one step farther by developing and implementing his own missing/endangered alert, responding to instances when abducted or endangered children may not prompt an AMBER Alert notification. This has proven to be extremely helpful for both law enforcement and the public. Additionally, Lieutenant Garcia has been active in the AMBER Alert Southern Border Initiative, which focuses on establishing child alert systems in Mexican states that share the border with the United States.

"Keeping the AMBER Alert system vital and powerful relies on the work of many partners and supporters," said Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for OJP and National AMBER Alter Coordinator. "Our ongoing commitment is to improve and strengthen the AMBER Alert network to protect all children and rescue them if they are abducted or missing."

This year, during the National AMBER Alert Symposium, OJP recognized individual or collective efforts to protect children from abduction and to recover missing or abducted children. Award categories are:

  • AMBER Alert Coordinator of the Year
  • AMBER Alert Broadcaster/Media Person of the Year
  • AMBER Alert Law Enforcement Leadership Award
  • AMBER Alert Citizen Award

The AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert system began in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. The system was created in memory of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas, who was abducted while riding her bicycle and later found murdered. AMBER Alerts are emergency messages broadcast when a law enforcement agency determines that a child has been abducted and is in imminent danger. For more information about the AMBER Alert program, please visit http://www.amberalert.gov.

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The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has seven bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Community Capacity Development Office, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information about OJP and its components can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.




  • IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2010
  • WWW.OJP.GOV
  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
  • Contact: Joan LaRocca
  • (202) 307-0703

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HONORS NEW HAMPSHIRE CITIZEN AT NATIONAL AMBER ALERT SYMPOSIUM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Marilyn Roberts, Deputy Administrator for the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), presented Mike Grant with the AMBER Alert Citizen Award at the National AMBER Alert Symposium in Phoenix, AZ.

Mike Grant, of Milton, NH, responded to an AMBER Alert for a 2-year-old girl on November 9, 2009. The girl's father abducted her after breaking into her mother's home and assaulting her mother. Mike Grant heard the AMBER Alert, issued throughout Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. When Grant recognized the pickup truck described in the alert, he approached the vehicle and convinced the girl's father to turn himself in to the police. The girl was rescued and reunited with her mother.

"Keeping the AMBER Alert system vital and powerful relies on the work of many partners and supporters," said Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for OJP and National AMBER Alter Coordinator. "Our ongoing commitment is to improve and strengthen the AMBER Alert network to protect all children and rescue them if they are abducted or missing."

This year, during the National AMBER Alert Symposium, OJP recognized individual or collective efforts to protect children from abduction and to recover missing or abducted children. Award categories are:

  • AMBER Alert Coordinator of the Year
  • AMBER Alert Broadcaster/Media Person of the Year
  • AMBER Alert Law Enforcement Leadership Award
  • AMBER Alert Citizen Award

The AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert system began in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. The system was created in memory of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas, who was abducted while riding her bicycle and later found murdered. AMBER Alerts are emergency messages broadcast when a law enforcement agency determines that a child has been abducted and is in imminent danger. For more information about the AMBER Alert program, please visit http://www.amberalert.gov.

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The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has seven bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Community Capacity Development Office, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information about OJP and its components can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.




  • IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2010
  • WWW.OJP.GOV
  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
  • Contact: Joan LaRocca
  • (202) 307-0703

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HONORS ILLINOIS BROADCASTER WITH AMBER ALERT BROADCASTER/MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Marilyn Roberts, Deputy Administrator for the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), presented Dennis Lyle with the AMBER Alert Broadcaster/Media Person of the Year Award during the National AMBER Alert Symposium in Phoenix, AZ.

Dennis Lyle is the CEO/President of the Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) and has been a partner with the Illinois AMBER Alert program since its development in 2001. He is an active member of the Illinois AMBER Alert Task Force. In June 2010 Mr. Lyle hosted the Task Force meeting during the Illinois Broadcasters Annual Conference, which provided Task Force members direct access and networking opportunities with more than 500 Illinois broadcasters. In addition, Mr. Lyle was responsible for coordinating and bringing to Illinois the Newsplex training which uses state-of-the-art interactive technology to improve strategic communications. Held in 2010, the training to was attended by almost 50 broadcasters, law enforcement officers, and legislators from across the state.

Mr. Lyle continues to address with the many budgetary challenges faced by the Illinois AMBER Alert program by getting information out to the public through the Public Education Partnership (PEP) program. Through PEP, Illinois and National AMBER Alert public service announcements (PSAs) are broadcast by radio stations at no cost. In addition, Mr. Lyle recognizes the efforts of the Illinois AMBER Alert program in editions of the Transmitter, the IBA's official newsletter.
"Keeping the AMBER Alert system vital and powerful relies on the work of many partners and supporters," said Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for OJP and National AMBER Alter Coordinator. "Our ongoing commitment is to improve and strengthen the AMBER Alert network to protect all children and rescue them if they are abducted or missing."

This year, during the National AMBER Alert Symposium, OJP recognized individual or collective efforts to protect children from abduction and to recover missing or abducted children. Award categories are:

  • AMBER Alert Coordinator of the Year
  • AMBER Alert Broadcaster/Media Person of the Year
  • AMBER Alert Law Enforcement Leadership Award
  • AMBER Alert Citizen Award

The AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert system began in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. The system was created in memory of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas, who was abducted while riding her bicycle and later found murdered. AMBER Alerts are emergency messages broadcast when a law enforcement agency determines that a child has been abducted and is in imminent danger. For more information about the AMBER Alert program, please visit http://www.amberalert.gov.

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The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has seven bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Community Capacity Development Office, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information about OJP and its components can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.




  • IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2010
  • WWW.OJP.GOV
  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
  • Contact: Joan LaRocca
  • (202) 307-0703

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HONORS FRESNO CITIZEN AT NATIONAL AMBER ALERT SYMPOSIUM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Marilyn Roberts, Deputy Administrator for the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), presented Victor Perez with the AMBER Alert Citizen Award at the National AMBER Alert Symposium in Phoenix, AZ.

Victor Perez, of Fresno, CA, responded to an AMBER Alert for an 8-year-old girl who was abducted in a truck from her Fresno home. When Perez saw the truck, he drove his own vehicle in front of it, stopping the driver. The perpetrator pushed the child out of his truck and sped away. The California Highway Patrol later apprehended the perpetrator. The girl was reunited with her family.

"Keeping the AMBER Alert system vital and powerful relies on the work of many partners and supporters," said Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for OJP and National AMBER Alter Coordinator. "Our ongoing commitment is to improve and strengthen the AMBER Alert network to protect all children and rescue them if they are abducted or missing."

This year, during the National AMBER Alert Symposium, OJP recognized individual or collective efforts to protect children from abduction and to recover missing or abducted children. Award categories are:

  • AMBER Alert Coordinator of the Year
  • AMBER Alert Broadcaster/Media Person of the Year
  • AMBER Alert Law Enforcement Leadership Award
  • AMBER Alert Citizen Award

The AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert system began in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. The system was created in memory of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas, who was abducted while riding her bicycle and later found murdered. AMBER Alerts are emergency messages broadcast when a law enforcement agency determines that a child has been abducted and is in imminent danger. For more information about the AMBER Alert program, please visit http://www.amberalert.gov.

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The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has seven bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Community Capacity Development Office, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information about OJP and its components can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.