AMBER Alert was introduced to Quebec on May 26, 2003.
During an abduction, every minute counts, so the cooperation of media and citizens is crucial to the police. This is the purpose of the AMBER Alert, which is triggered in the most serious and time-critical abduction cases of children under the age of 18.
These four criteria must be met, simultaneously and with no exceptions, before the police will trigger an AMBER Alert:
If all four criteria are met, the SPVM or one of our police partners may call an AMBER Alert.
Child Alert App (Androit and iPhone)
The AMBER Alert is able to function thanks to the cooperation of the following organizations:
The AMBER Alert program was created in 1996 in the United States after a tragedy in Arlington, Texas, when 9-year-old Amber Hageman was abducted from a park where she was playing near her home. Four days later she was found murdered, even though a citizen had described the suspect and his vehicle to the police.
Several citizens then suggested to the media that in similar situations, they could broadcast a media alert to inform the public. On April 30, 2003, the “AMBER Alert Bill” was enacted in all American states.
AMBER Alert stands for “America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response.”
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