AMBER Alert Europe Foundation

AMBER Alert Europe is a foundation that assists in saving missing children at risk by connecting law enforcement with other police experts and with the public across Europe. AMBER Alert Europe advocates that one missing child is one too many and aims for zero missing children in Europe.

Network of knowledge and expertise

AMBER Alert Europe brings together 42 official organisations, public authorities and business entities from 26 countries. The foundation actively contributes to the EU and national policy debate on saving missing children. AMBER Alert Europe also officially facilitates the Police Expert Network on Missing Persons (PEN-MP), so far consisting of over 80 experts from 30 countries, and the Task Force on AMBER Alerts. The goals of AMBER Alert Europe are backed by 465 Members of the European Parliament: most successful Written Declaration since 2011.

AMBER Alert Europe is a neutral platform. It operates either evidence based (scientifically proven) or expert based. All activities are executed with respect for the privacy of missing persons and data protection laws.

Background

In 2008, AMBER Alert Netherlands was launched. With a reach of more than 12 million Dutch citizens, AMBER Alert Netherlands quickly became an example of how citizen sourcing can work; in 94 percent of the cases, the child was successfully found.

The creation of AMBER Alert Europe

Inspired by the success of the Dutch AMBER Alert, the AMBER Alert Europe foundation was launched in 2013 with the following goal:

  • To be a life-saving factor in abductions or disappearances of children throughout Europe;
  • To undertake any further actions necessary related to achieving or advancing the above-mentioned goal, in the broadest sense.

Police Expert Network on Missing Persons

The Police Expert Network on Missing Persons (PEN-MP), founded by the AMBER Alert Europe foundation, is officially recognised by the Council of the European Union and all member states. The PEN-MP is the official European missing persons police network consisting of police experts in the field of missing persons from all over Europe. So far, the PEN-MP consists of over 80 law enforcement experts from 30 countries. Goal of the PEN-MP is to bring together law enforcement experts in the field of missing persons, specifically children.

In order to save more missing persons across Europe, members can quickly contact and consult each other about missing person cases. The PEN-MP also provides specialist support, advice, and training to its members.

Official recognition by the Council of the EU

The PEN-MP was announced in 2016 under the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union. At its launch, the Dutch Presidency called on every Member State to appoint a national contact for the network. In support of the Dutch initiative, a majority of 465 Members of the European Parliament from all EU Member States signed AMBER Alert Europe’s Written Declaration for better European cooperation on saving the lives of missing children.

The PEN-MP is now officially recognised by the Council of the European Union with its formal affiliation to the Law Enforcement Working Party (LEWP).

Board

Board of Directors

Petra Binkova

Dr. Petra Binkova  

Bureau of Criminal Police and Investigation Unit – Search Department – Czech Police Presidium

Carole Bird

Carole Bird  

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP ret.)

Frank Hoen

Frank Hoen  

AMBER Alert Europe, Founder and Chairman

Advisory Board

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Damjan Miklič  

Criminal Police Inspector Specialist at the Slovenian Police Directorate – PEN-MP President

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Carmelo Abela  

Ministry within the office of the Prime Minister

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Caroline Humer  

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

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Lars Bruhns  

Initiative Vermisste Kinder

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Victor Reuter  

Grand Ducal Police

Patricia-De-Sousa-Cipriano

Patrícia De Sousa Cipriano  

Associação Portuguesa de Crianças Desaparecidas

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Rinus van Schendelen  

Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Henk Jansen  

Independent Security and Investigations Professional, former Dutch Police

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Maurice Lenferink  

Safety Region Rotterdam-Rijnmond

Thank you for helping us reach #ZeroMissingKids

Why your donation is important

Contributions to the AMBER Alert Europe Foundation make a significant difference in the search for and protection of missing children. Because with your help, we can continue our ongoing effort to reach #ZeroMissingKids.

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Participating Organisations

Fundacion-ANAR
Znacka_NKMPPD
CRCA-Albania
CPOZ
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Ceop
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Bosnia_and_Herzegovina_organisations
Activefence
AALU_msi
AALU_mj
Aaa
AA
WeProtect
VOSTeuskadi
Unicef
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RV
Rocit
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Ponimanie
Polizia-di-stato
Politie2
Polisen-Sweden
Police-letzebuerg
Osterreich-findet-euch
National_Police_Lithuania
Mpfsc
Ministry_malta
Ministerio-del-interior-espana
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Member_APCD
Malta_police
Locate-logo
Kadunud
IVK1
Itaka1
Instituto-de-apoio-a-crianca-portugal
Icmec
Greek-Safer-Internet-Center-Greece-organisations
National Police Board, Finland

Supporting Organisations

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Sponsors

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Google
Facebook
Amazon-web-services
Microsoft
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Axon
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Bureau-brussels
Sanoma
Computest
Euronet

Recognised by The Netherlands Fundraising Regulator

The Netherlands Fundraising Regulator (CBF) is an independent foundation which has been monitoring fundraising by charities since 1925. The CBF’s task is to promote trustworthy fundraising and expenditure by reviewing fundraising organisations and giving information and advice to government institutions and the public.

Public Benefit Organisation

AMBER Alert Europe is recognized by the Dutch government as “Public Benefit Organisation” (“ANBI”) RSIN: 852414183. Address Stichting AMBER Alert Europe Peter Treckpoelstraat 4, 6191 VK Beek, The Netherlands.