Dedicated to the protection of endangered missing children, AMBER Alert Europe provides for training and cross-border coordination to law enforcement. AMBER Alert Europe connects citizens with law enforcement when the police believe the public can help find the child. AMBER Alert Europe provides support in an advisory and knowledge-sharing role to its members and partners, who, together with the network of connected citizens, are on the lookout when a child goes missing across Europe.
AMBER Alert Europe is an international not for profit- organization.
It is the biggest European citizen initiative with 3 million participants across the European Union.
AMBER Alert Europe is a crowdsourced organization.
It receives donations in the form of government grants, monies as well as in the form of services (IT, communication) from companies and individuals that, in the context of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and/or their personal engagement, are eager to contribute to the protection of endangered missing children.
Key sponsors include: Netpresenter, Sentia, QHH, Axon, Microsoft, Sanoma, Widgets, Google and Bureau Brussels. These sponsors provide for: office space, manpower, software and other operational facilities.
Membership and structure
AMBER Alert EU is backed by police missing children experts, NGOs, law enforcement and 150+ Members of the European Parliament. It has 18 members in 13 countries, 4 of which are law enforcement organizations.
Members include police organizations, ministries and NGOs (with police mandate on the topic) from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovak Republic and Greece. Its police expert group exists of over 20 people from 8 EU countries and is coordinated by Charlie Hedges, renowned UK specialist in the field of missing children.
AMBER Alert Europe is working closely with organizations that issue or re-broadcast the Canadian and US AMBER Alert as well as with organizations active in this field in Russia and Belarus.
AMBER Alert Europe’s Board and Advisory Board are composed of a selection of experts from law enforcement, academia, civil service as well as civil society. Board membership is an honorary position. Board members do not receive a salary. Its operational team is composed of people that are serviced by its sponsors, as well as volunteers.
AMBER Alert Europe is registered in the EU Transparency register: 488692317424-44 and is recognized by the Dutch government as foundation with charitable status (“ANBI”) RSIN: 852414183
In November 2008 AMBER Alert Netherlands was launched by social enterprise Netpresenter and the Dutch police. With a reach of more than 12 million Dutch citizens, AMBER Alert Netherlands quickly became an example of how citizen sourcing can work; in 75 percent of the AMBER Alerts, the child was successfully found. AMBER Alert Netherlands forms part of the Dutch police services.
Drawing upon the Dutch experience, and in the conviction that it should not matter where a child comes from for its chances to be found, AMBER Alert Europe was launched in March 2013 by a group of specialists in law enforcement and IT services with the following goal:
- To be a life-saving factor in abductions or disappearances of missing children or other vulnerable people throughout Europe;
- To undertake any further actions necessary related to achieving or advancing the above-mentioned goal, in the broadest sense.
One of the ways the foundation aims to achieve its objective is by removing bureaucratic, legal, geographical or linguistic obstacles. In order to achieve its objective, the foundation will try to liaise with organizations striving to improve security within the European society.
Today, AMBER Alert Europe is working towards this goal and it has developed five key points - backed by more than 150 MEPs - that serve as a first step in putting the above in practice.
“Joining forces with AMBER Alert Europe is the next step in further improving the Polish Child Alert system and helping to extend the reach of a Polish Child Alert”.
Marek Dzialoszynski, Chief Commander of Police in Poland
On the 28th of April 2015, the Czech Parliament singed AMBER Alert Europe’s plan of action calling for improved cross-border cooperation concerning endangered missing children.
Ms. Radka Maxova, Chairwoman of the Standing Committee on Family Affairs and Gender Equality, Czech Parliament
AMBER Alert Europe
Rondpoint Robert Schuman 9
Phone: +32 2 808 2159
Fax: +32 2 808 216
EU Transparency Register: 488692317424-44
Address Stichting AMBER Alert Europe: Peter Treckpoelstraat 4, 6191 VK Beek, The Netherlands. RSIN: 852414183