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Amber Alert criteria is changing

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The criteria is changing for Michigan State Police (MSP) to issue an Amber Alert.

Effective, January 1, 2017, Amber Alerts will only be issued for cases of child abductions, involving victims under the age of 18, but all Amber Alerts will receive a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA).

Wireless Emergency Alerts include the notifications you get on your phone.

 A vehicle license plate number is also no longer required for a WEA.

Previously, in addition to abducted children, Amber Alerts were authorized for missing children with severe mental or physical disabilities who wandered away and were unable to care for themselves.

“Any time a child goes missing, it’s an urgent situation and we should all pay attention; however, in the case of child abductions the urgency is even greater,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP.  “By tightening the standards for issuing an AMBER Alert we will ensure these alerts are utilized in only the most dire of circumstances to get credible, useful information out to the public in order to bring abducted children home safely.”

Missing child cases that don’t meet the revised Amber Alert criteria will be eligible for a new notification called an Endangered Missing Advisory.

There is no age restrictions on Endangered Missing Advisory cases, and a notice will be sent to media in the area, but you won’t get an alert via your phone or over TV.

Michigan State Police report that Amber Alerts have helped police recover 262 missing Michigan children.

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