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State Police: Amber alerts require specific criteria

Brittany Costello
December 12, 2018 07:18 PM

 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – In the month of November alone, nearly 500 juveniles were reported missing around the state.


Some may be wondering why those reports seldom generate an Amber Alert.

According to New Mexico State Police, the guidelines to push that out are very specific and are nationally set. 

In New Mexico, the only agency authorized to issue that alert is state police. While they investigate all types of missing person cases and push out many different alerts, officials with the agency tell us Amber Alerts are somewhat uncommon.

In Albuquerque 142 children and teens were reported missing in the month of November, only 74 of those were cleared or located.

"In order for an amber alert to be issued there are several criteria's, like I said, that have to be met," said Dusty Francisco, a Public Information Officer with the New Mexico State Police. 

Some question that are asked during these situations to determine an Amber alert include:

Is the missing person under the age of 17?

Are they in imminent danger?

Have they been entered into the national crime information center, and the New Mexico information clearinghouse?

Does law enforcement have information on the child and the abductor?

Officers have to be able to prove each of the criteria is met.

"Once we receive a call, we do a thorough investigation, that's when we determine that if an amber alert needs to be issued or other certain alerts such as the Brittany alert or silver alert, or just an endangered person advisory," said Francisco.

If an Amber Alert is not issued, it likely doesn't meet the criteria.


Brittany Costello

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