|Source: U.S. Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol|
|Date Verified: 4.28.2013|
|An AMBER Alert or a Child Abduction Emergency (SAME code: CAE) is a child abduction alert bulletin in several countries throughout the world, issued upon the suspected abduction of a child, since 1996. AMBER is officially a backronym for “America’s Missing: Broadcasting Emergency Response” but was originally named for Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old child who was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas in 1996.|
|Amber Alert Statistics|
|Alerts Requested but Not Activated||356||13||20||56||20||46||29||40||46||78||8|
|The exact criteria for an AMBER alert to take place depends on the state where the event takes place. All AMBER alert statistics in general cover all minors that are 17 years old or younger. Some states may require that the child is in a serious life-threatening situation before an alert is issued and need to be confirmed by law enforcement officials to avoid the instances of false alarms.|
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