In order to provide the best possible chance for the safe recovery of abducted children and the apprehension of child abduction suspects, the State of Arizona has adopted the AMBER Alert System.
The White Mountain Apache Police Department is an active participant in the Amber Alert System. AMBER Alert – America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response Alert, is a statewide program designed to facilitate immediate emergency responses to child abduction cases by alerting all Arizona State & Federal law enforcement agencies, the Arizona Department of Transportation and media outlets.
In 1996, 9-year old Amber Hagerman disappeared from her Arlington, Texas neighborhood while riding her bicycle. A neighbor was able to give some details of the car involved, but no system was in place to get that information to local residents quickly. Tragically, Amber's body was found four days later.
Hoping to prevent such tragedy from happening again, outraged area residents suggested that the media relay kidnapping information the same way severe weather warnings are issued by using emergency system broadcasts across numerous media outlets. Thus, the "Amber Alert Plan" was born.
How do I receive AMBER Alerts?
When signing up for AMBER Alerts you will receive geographically targeted information to help identify an abducted child, a suspected abductor or a vehicle suspected to be involved in an abduction.