WEB EXTRA: About Amber Alerts

Updated: 02/22/2013 4:03 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

An Amber Alert was officially issued Wednesday after an eight-month-old boy was taken from a residence on the 2100 block of Portland Avenue in Minneapolis.

According to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, there have been 27 Amber Alerts in Minnesota since the program started in 2002. All of the kids have been found.

Nationally, as of January 2013, there are 120 total Amber Alert nationwide plans, 53 statewide plans, 29 regional plans, and 38 local plans. There have been 602 successful recoveries.

If an abduction case meets the Amber plan checklist, local law enforcement agencies contact the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Once it’s confirmed, the BCA gathers more information and photos and issues an Amber Alert through the Minnesota Crime Alert Network and Emergency Alert System.

The Emergency Alert System broadcasts on radio and television stations, on MnDOT message boards, on ClearChannel billboards, and through other outlets.

The program is supported through donations from Minnesotans. The Minnesota Amber Alert state coordinator is Janell Rasmussen, who is also the BCA Administrative Services Director.

To receive Amber Alerts, you can:
Sign up to receive wireless alerts
Sign up for the BCA Twitter Page
Become a fan of the BCA Facebook page
Receive notices about Amber Alerts via email or fax