Dutch AMBER Alert celebrates 10th anniversary

Luxembourgish and Maltese Ministry thank AMBER Alert and the Dutch Police

On November 11th, AMBER Alert Netherlands celebrates its 10th anniversary. The Dutch AMBER Alert was one of the first AMBER Alert systems to be introduced in Europe and is a founding partner of AMBER Alert Europe. It also served as the prime example for the AMBER Alert systems in Luxembourg, Malta and Slovakia, which were created in cooperation with AMBER Alert Europe and the Dutch Police.

With 37.5 percent of Europeans living near the border, a missing child can easily cross to a neighbouring country. Research shows that on average 1 out of 4 abducted children is taken abroad. With this in mind and following the Dutch success story, AMBER Alert Europe was launched in 2013 to quickly share information about missing children with law enforcement and citizens in other European countries. Just recently, AMBER Alert Europe disseminated a Dutch AMBER Alert in Germany for a 6-month-old baby, which led to the infant being found safe and sound.

International ministries thank AMBER Alert

AMBER Alert Europe has provided AMBER Alert systems inspired by the Dutch model to Slovakia (2015), Luxembourg (2016) and Malta (2017). “I would like to thank the Dutch police and AMBER Alert for their support in creating the Maltese AMBER Alert”, says Maltese Minister Carmelo Abela. “I wish AMBER Alert an even greater success in its invaluable contribution to society for many years to come.”

Luxembourgish Minister Felix Braz: “Luxembourg is along with Malta one of the countries that have recently joined the AMBER Alert system. I would like to thank the AMBER Alert team for their commitment and help during the whole launch period of the system in Luxembourg. I wish you all a very happy birthday!”

Most successful citizen sourcing initiative

Since 2008, the Dutch AMBER Alert system has been deployed for 25 AMBER Alerts and 981 Missing Child Alerts. In 94 percent of the alerts, the children were successfully found. Due to the selfless cooperation of thousands of organisations such as Facebook and Google, which share the AMBER Alert once it has been issued, no less than 12 million Dutch people are notified when a child goes missing; making it the most successful citizen sourcing in Europe. In addition to its national reach, Dutch AMBER Alerts can also be shared abroad when the police believe the child has crossed the border.

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