According to government reports Amber Alerts have proven successful in crime fighting and have helped rescue more than 200 children nationwide. This nationally coordinated effort includes 50 statewide Amber plans that include alerts sent electronically and by cell phones. Working with the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) has worked tirelessly to create more than 100 known plans nationwide.
In Minnesota, the Minnesota Crime Alert Network has a cooperative agreement with the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Division of Emergency Management, Minnesota Association of Broadcasters and various law enforcement agencies in the state of Minnesota, as well as the support of organizations such as the Jacob Wetterling Foundation http://www.jwf.org/. On the Minnesota Crime Alert Network you can sign up for a free 90 day trial membership where you can receive Amber Alerts either by fax or email.
Why are Amber Alerts so important? Law enforcement agencies agree that time is of the essence in getting critical information to the public so they can help bring about the safe and swift return of these children who are victims of crime. A good Amber Plan provides frequent broadcasting public alerts, descriptions and other vital information in the crucial first hours after a child is abducted. With the help of the public, recovery of an abducted child may be successful.