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AMBER Alert in your country

When your child is missing, or you have seen a missing child, please contact your local police immediately.

Does your country have an AMBER Alert? Find out below! You can also check if your country shares information on missing children. More elaborate information on AMBER Alerts and missing children in Europe is available for law enforcement experts. To request access, please email us.

Austria

AMBER Alert

Austria does not have an AMBER Alert system in place.

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Austria can be found on the Facebookpage of Österreich Findet Euch.

Belgium

AMBER Alert (Child Alert)

An AMBER Alert in Belgium allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases. Visit www.childalert.be

Technical Tools available for dissemination:

  • Federal Police- Service Judicial Organization-TV: responsible for the televised press releases. They edit the text, taking into account which information can/should be made public.
  • Child Focus: A case file is created in the CRM Database by the case manager at Child Focus
    The information of this case file, which comes from the Federal Police, is the basis for all dissemination: website AMBERAlert, banners for internet, social media, TV and Radio alerts, traffic signs on the motorway, paper poster campaign if needed.

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Belgium:

  • Life of the child is in danger
  • Official request from the State who ask the launching of the alert
  • Serious elements of the presence of the child in Belgium

Actors involved and their role in a national AMBER Alert:

  • Federal Prosecutor – in charge of the investigation
  • Federal Police Missing Persons Unit – Coordination
  • Child Focus (NGO) – Hotline 116000 (childfocus.be)
  • Federal Police DJO Perm. – Hotline
  • Federal Police DJO/ OAR – Diffusion of messages

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Belgium can be found on:

Technical tools available for dissemination
In case of a missing child, the police are able to publish photo’s of the children on their website (see above).

Bulgaria

AMBER Alert

According to the European Commission, an AMBER Alert system currently is in place in 16 EU countries, including Bulgaria. In October 2015 the Bulgarian government awarded the Greek NGO ‘The Smile of the Child’ for her efforts in the cross-border area of Greece and Bulgaria. Among the main achievements of the project was the European Child Alert Automated System (ECAAS) in Bulgaria (source: The Smile of the Child).

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Bulgaria can be found on http://lipsva.com/?opisanie_godini_do=18.

Croatia

AMBER Alert

Croatia does not have an AMBER Alert system in place.

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Croatia can be found on: www.nestali.hr

 

Cyprus

AMBER Alert (Child Alert)

An AMBER Alert in Cyprus allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases. Visit: www.childalert.org.cy

Technical tools available for dissemination

  • TV broadcasters, Radio stations, electronic media and platforms (such as websites and apps) : visual and audio messages
  • Press agencies: printed messages
  • Transport companies (airport, harbors, bus shuttles: visual and printed messages
  • Billboard companies: printed messages
  • Banks: visual messages
  • Dissemination through 116000 Hotline

The public will be actively engaged to gather information regarding the case.

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Cyprus:

  • Report declaring the disappearance by the Cyprus Police or a relevant international body
  • Affidavit of parent(s)/guardian(s), i.e. written consent for use of personal data and photograph
  • In the case of parental abduction, custody document and all accompanying legal documents as well as evidence that the child’s well-being is at severe risk or danger
  • In case of unilateral guardianship a true copy of the judicial decision that proves guardianship rights

Actors involved and their role in a national AMBER Alert:

  • “Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center – Operator (www.uncrcpc.org)
  • Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family – Operator (www.domviolence.org.cy)

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Cyprus can be found on: the Child Alert website or on the Cyprus Police website.

 

Technical tools available for dissemination

Website, apps (Android and iOS).

Czech Republic

AMBER Alert (NKMPPD)

The AMBER Alert system in the Czech Republic (NKMPPD) is a system developed to facilitate timely and successful rescue of the missing children. It engages general public and provides psychological support to the missing children’s families. The system is based on search operations performed by the Police of the Czech Republic, assisted (when necessary) by the Integrated Emergency System and other relevant subjects.
Visit: http://www.pomoztemenajit.cz/en/ and www.aplikace.policie.cz/

Technical Tools available for dissemination:

  • Mass media (national TV channels and radio stations, online broadcasting)
  • Internet: police information service (www.policie.cz), MoI NKMPPD web page (www.pomoztemenajit.cz), AMBER Alert Europe (www.amberalert.eu), AMBER Alert Slovakia (www.amberalert.sk), etc.
  • Internet messages, RSS (for those who are registered)
  • Police-to-police tools see the above description of decision making process
The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in the Czech Republic:
1. The missing child is under 15 years of age and his/her life or health is in danger plus any of the following criteria:
  • The child may become a victim of an accident due to his/her age
  • The child has no access to his/her life-supporting medicin
  • The child is physically or psychologically handicapped
  • The case involves abduction with signs of violence, with the potential offender suffering from mental condition, unstable with possible unforeseeable reactions, or when previous threats by the potential offender or other circumstantial evidence suggest that the child’s life or health are in danger.

2. The child is aged 15 to 18 and subject to other conditions (i.e. the child is physically or mentally handicapped or has no access to the life-supporting medicine)

Actors involved and their role in a national AMBER Alert:

  • Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic – coordination, supervision
  • Police of the Czech Republic – search operations (www.policie.cz)

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in the Czech Republic can be found on: aplikace.policie.cz

 

Denmark

AMBER Alert

Denmark does not have an AMBER Alert system in place.

Currently Missing Children

No information available.

 

Estonia

AMBER Alert

Estonia does not have an AMBER Alert system in place.

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Estonia can be found on the Estonian Police website.

 

Finland

AMBER Alert

Finland does not have an AMBER Alert system in place.

Currently Missing Children

An overview of the children who are currently listed as missing in Finland van be found on the Finnish Police website or on https://yle.fi/aihe/termi/freebase/m0404n/kadonnut-henkilo.

 

France

AMBER Alert (Alerte Enlèvement)

An AMBER Alert in France allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases. Visit: www.alerte-enlevement.gouv.fr

Technical Tools available for dissemination:

TV, radio, billboards, partnerships with major transport companies (train, metro, bus), social networks (Facebook).
For the collection of evidence, dedicated room with software for receipt of calls which generates sheets for each caller.
Other information:
  • Local communication: the prosecutor decides whether or not to involve all partners, If required, there can be a concentration on local communication.
  • Message content can not be modified. It is concise (so that everyone can use it) and accompanied by a photo of the child (where possible) plus details of the abduction.
  • A free hotline is set up to receive sightings.
  • An alert lasts 3 hours then stops even if the minor and/or the suspect have not been found.

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in France:

The AMBER Alert plan is not activated for a straightforward disappearance even if serious, but in cases of aggravated abduction.
The plan is activated by a Procureur de la République (state prosecutor)in consultation with the Procureur Général (public prosecutor) and the Ministry of Justice. It is the Procureur de la République who draws up the Alert message.
  • Victim is a minor
  • Abduction confirmed
  • Victim is in danger
  • Existence of elements to distribute

Actors involved and their role in an AMBER Alert:

DCPJ – Central Office for the prevention of violence against persons. Their role is to further develop “abduction alert” and put in place operational implementation of the device “abduction alert” (management of toll + workshop verifying the data collected).

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in France can be found on: www.116000enfantsdisparus.fr.

According to the French law any disappearance of a minor is to be considered a worrying disappearance.

  • Disappearance of a minor/ adult – any disappearance of a minor is to be considered a worrying disappearance.
  • Running away is not a crime. However, anyone helping a minor run away can be prosecuted for abduction of a minor under article 227-8 of the Penal Code. This is considered as breaching parental responsibility.
  • Parental child abduction – Articles of the Penal code relating to parental child abduction: the expression «parental child abduction» does not appear as such in the Penal Code. It classes these offences in Section 3 under “breaches of parental responsibility”. Such offences are dealt with by the criminal courts.
  • Parental responsibility – The exercise of parental responsibility where parents are separated – Civil Code Article 373-2
    The separation of parents does not affect the rules on the devolution of parental responsibility.
    Both mother and father must maintain personal relations with the child and respect his relationship with the other parent.
    Any change of residence of one of the parents, if it alters the circumstances of the exercise of parental responsibility, must be communicated in advance with adequate notice to the other parent. In cases of disagreement, the parent most adversely affected informs the Family Court which will make a judgment in the best interests of the child. The judge will decide on the travel costs and adjust the contribution to the child’s maintenance accordingly.
The legal responsibility of parents towards their child while a minor (Article 1384): since the father and mother exercise parental authority they are jointly responsible for any damage caused by their children living with them while they are minors. This responsibility applies unless the father and mother can prove that they could not prevent the fact giving rise to this responsibility.

 

Germany

AMBER Alert (AMBER Alert Deutschland)

An AMBER Alert in Germany allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases. The AMBER Alert system is not operated by the German Police. It is managed by the German NGO Initiative Vermisste Kinder. Visit: www.amber-alert-deutschland.de

Technical Tools available for dissemination:

A German AMBER Alert is issued to press and citizens via email, Apps, QR Code, social media (Facebook, Twitter), SMS (only locally), Radio, TV, digital billboards (metro stations, railway stations, shopping malls, airports).

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Germany:

  • The missing child is 14 years or younger
  • The investigators assume the missing youngster is in physical danger or in a life-threatening situation (for example an abduction)

Actors involved and their role in an AMBER Alert:

The German NGO Initiative Vermisste Kinder manages the AMBER Alert system in Germany (www.initiative-vermisste-kinder.de).

Currently Missing Children

Every year the German police receives more than 100,000 missing person’s reports, which relates solely to children and adolescents. 98% of these disappearances are children and young people who leave their family environment and their familiar surroundings of their own accord (so-called ‘runaways’). Young people run away for very different reasons and it is up to the German Police to assess whether a case of a missing child is worrying.
An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Germany can be found on the Facebook page of Initiative Vermisste Kinder.

 

Greece

AMBER Alert (AMBER Alert Hellas)

An AMBER Alert in Greece allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases. Visit: www.hamogelo.gr

Technical Tools available for dissemination:

  • Call Centre, IP, Cisco
  • Contact Centre, Cisco, CRM software by Oracle
  • Immediate intervention vehicles
  • Social Media
  • SMS platform

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Greece:

  • The child involved is a minor
  • Strong indications that the minor’s life or health might be in danger
  • Suspicion that the child might have been abducted
  • The launch of the Amber Alert will offer assistance in locating the child
  • Police determines that the activation of the Amber Alert will not endanger the minor’s life
Actors involved and their role in a national AMBER Alert:
  • Hellenic Police – Receives missing child report, decides the launch of the alert, conducts investigations
  • The Smile of the Child – Designated authority responsible for the activation of the Amber Alert upon decision made by the Hellenic Police (www.hamogelo.gr)
  • Search & Rescue Team “Thanasis Makris” – Search & rescue services. Established by the Smile of the Child with the participation of the competent public bodies & certified voluntary organizations
  • Mass Media (TV & radio stations, internet providers and mobile companies – Dissemination partner
  • Airports – Dissemination partner
  • Attica Metro Operations Company – Dissemination partner
  • Attica Roads and Highways – Dissemination partner

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Greece can be found on: www.hamogelo.gr

 

Hungary

AMBER Alert

Hungary does not have an AMBER Alert system in place.

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Hungary can be found on: www.police.hu (please click on Eltűnt, ismeretlen helyen lévő személyek for a complete overview).

 

Ireland

AMBER Alert (Child Rescue Alert Ireland)

An Irish AMBER Alert allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases. It is an agreement between An Garda Síochána, the media and information broadcasters to alert the public to a child abduction in order to seek their help. Information relating to the Alert will be broadcast via several media, including but not limited to: Radio, Television, Internet and Electronic Road Signs. The primary goal of the AMBER Alert is the safe and early recovery of the child unharmed. Visit: www.garda.ie

Technical Tools available for dissemination:
If the above criteria are met, alert information is assembled for distribution to the public via:

  • PULSE
  • Garda Portal Intranet
  • Email Dissemination
  • National Road Signs
  • ANPR
  • CRI Alert App
  • Social Media

This information may include descriptions and pictures of the missing child, the suspected abductor, and a suspected vehicle along with any other information available which may be valuable in identifying the child and suspect. Only An Garda Síochána can initiate and release AMBER Alerts for initial distribution. All media relations for an AMBER Alert will be managed by the Garda Press and Public Relations Office.

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Ireland:
All four criteria must be met before an AMBER Alert can be considered:

  • The child is under the age of eighteen (18) years
  • There is reasonable belief that the child has been abducted
  • There is a reasonable belief that there is an immediate and serious risk to the health or welfare of a child
  • There is sufficient information available to enable the public to assist An Garda Síochána in locating the child
Abduction
In an AMBER Alert, the word abduction is used to describe the child’s disappearance.  The abductor could be a parent or a stranger.  The basic premise of the word is that the child is taken and there is a danger to the child’s health or welfare. Other words that could be used to describe the abduction are – kidnapped, endangered, taken without permission

Actors involved and their role in a national AMBER Alert:
An Garda Síochána – Management of the AMBER Alert system (www.garda.ie)

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing can be found on the Irish Police website.
A missing person is defined as: “Anyone whose whereabouts are unknown and the circumstances of the disappearance
presents a risk of harm to the missing person or any other person”.

When a child is missing, An Garda Síochána will act swiftly to help recover the child, by developing search teams and by utilizing all necessary investigative actions. CRI Alerts are reserved for those cases that specifically meet the CRI Alert criteria.

 

Italy

AMBER Alert (Child Abduction Alert System)

The Italian AMBER Alert System (ICAAS) was set up in 2011. An AMBER Alert in Italy allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases.

Technical Tools available for dissemination:
The Italian AMBER Alert System has partnerships with Sky, Autogrill, ports and some other telecom and news organizations. There is the option to send a pre-formatted video that is edited for the relevant case and was developed for them by Rai, a broadcast organization.

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Italy:

  • Under 18 years
  • Imminent danger
  • Disappearance not voluntary, not just missing, must be an abduction or kidnap

Actors involved and their role in a national AMBER Alert:
The Department of Public Security is the central unit for the country and is responsible for policy and strategy.  There is another unit that is able to support the local response to difficult cases.

The International Cooperation Service has a 24/7 operations room for responding to all international investigations.  This also deals with AMBER Alerts and is set up to manage any alerts that are issued and receive the calls via a dedicated number.

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Italy can be found on http://www.chilhavisto.rai.it/dl/clv/ricerca/clv_ricerca.html?c=1&sort=data_Scomparsa.

 

Latvia

AMBER Alert

Latvia does not have an AMBER Alert system in place.

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Latvia can be found on the Latvian Police website.

 

 

Lithuania

AMBER Alert

Lithuania does not have an AMBER Alert system in place.

Currently Missing Children

No information available yet.

 

Luxembourg

AMBER Alert (AMBER Alert Luxembourg)

An AMBER Alert in Luxembourg allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases. With the use of the cross-border AMBER Alert, based on the Dutch AMBER Alert system, not only Luxembourgish, but also endangered missing children and AMBER Alerts in neighboring countries, such as the France, Germany and Belgium, are automatically displayed on the website of AMBER Alert Luxembourg. AMBER Alert Luxembourg is developed by AMBER Alert Europe. Visit: www.amberalert.lu

Technical Tools available for dissemination:

Social media, Radio and TV, RSS feed, website pop-up, AMBER Alert poster, SMS and email.

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Luxembourg:

The grand-ducal Police, on behalf of the authorisation of the state prosecutor, is responsible for issuing AMBER Alerts, for which they have strict criteria:

  • The child is (very likely) abducted by an unknown person or persons or the child is missing and its life is in imminent danger;
  • The victim is a minor (under 18 years of age);
  • There is enough information about the victim to increase the chances of the child being found by means of an AMBER Alert, such as a photo, information about the abductor or the vehicle used during the abduction;
  • The AMBER Alert is issued as soon as possible after the abduction or disappearance of the child.

 Actors involved and their role in a national AMBER Alert:

  • The grand-ducal Police – investigation and decision to launch the alert
  • State prosecutor
  • AMBER Alert Luxembourg

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Luxembourg can be found on:

 

Malta

AMBER Alert (AMBER Alert Malta)

AMBER Alert Malta was officially launched on January 10th, 2017, by the Minister of Home Affairs and National Security, Carmelo Abela, and the Malta Police Force. AMBER Alert Malta is the result of a cooperation between the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security in Malta, the Malta Police Force and AMBER Alert Europe, the European Child Rescue Alert and Police Network on Missing Children.

An AMBER Alert in Malta allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases. With the use of the cross-border AMBER Alert, based on the Dutch AMBER Alert system, not only Maltese, but also endangered missing children and AMBER Alerts in neighboring countries, such as Spain, Greece and Hungary, are automatically displayed on the website of AMBER Alert Malta. AMBER Alert Malta is developed by AMBER Alert Europe. Visit: www.amberalert.com.mt.

Technical Tools available for dissemination:

Social media, Radio and TV, RSS feed, website pop-up, AMBER Alert poster, SMS and email.

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Malta

The Malta Police Force is responsible for issuing AMBER Alerts, for which they have strict criteria:

  • The child is (very likely) abducted by an unknown person or persons or the child is missing and its life is in imminent danger;
  • The victim is a minor (under 18 years of age);
  • There is enough information about the victim to increase the chances of the child being found by means of an AMBER Alert, such as a photo, information about the abductor or the vehicle used during the abduction;
  • The AMBER Alert is issued as soon as possible after the abduction or disappearance of the child.

 Actors involved and their role in a national AMBER Alert:

  • Malta Police Force – investigation and decision to launch the alert
  • AMBER Alert Malta

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Malta can be found on the Maltese AMBER Alert website.

Parts of the system can be used to help find endangered missing children. A missing child is considered endangered when there are substantial indications that the child is at high risk of harm and/or in immediate danger, and rapid action is required. The police can then decide to inform citizens about the case.

For endangered missing children, parts of the AMBER Alert system are used to attract citizens’ attention. Information about these cases can be shared nationally or can be sent to specific regions or target groups (e.g. railway personnel or the transport sector).

 

Netherlands

AMBER Alert (AMBER Alert Nederland)

An AMBER Alert in the Netherlands allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases. It does so by publicizing relevant information and details via TV, radio, SMS, e-mail, apps, social media, electronic billboards, public transport and signs over roads. Visit: www.amberalert.nl

Technical Tools available for dissemination:

An AMBER Alert reaches 12 million citizens and organizations. When an AMBER Alert is issued, the picture of the AMBER Alert child is instantly visible everywhere: on TVs, radio, highway signs, billboards signs in buses, social media (Twitter, Facebook), Apps, mail, screensavers, text messages and on thousands of websites. Millions of people are reached indirectly as the alert is also seen on TV, cable news, newspapers, websites of press agencies, highway signs, billboards, ATMs etc.

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in the Netherlands:

  • The child is below 18 years of age
  • Immediate life-danger or risk of serious harm to the child
  • Sufficient information of the victim, including a picture
  • Indication that the child is in the Netherlands


Actors involved and their role in a national AMBER Alert:

Primary actors:

  • Dutch National Police – In charge of the investigation (www.politie.nl)
  • National Missing Persons Bureau of the Dutch National Police – Supports the National police in urgent disappearances and is responsible for sending out AMBER Alerts (advice and coordination)
  • Public Prosecutors Office – Decides on the use of research tools in cases of criminal investigations.
  • AMBER Alert Netherlands – Provides technical support in disseminating AMBER Alerts (www.amberalert.nl)
  • AMBER Alert Europe – Provides for the dissemination of the alert to border areas upon request of the police, in close cooperation with AMBER Alert Netherlands (www.amberalert.eu)

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in the Netherlands can be found on the AMBER Alert website and on the Dutch Police website.

In some missing children cases, the AMBER Alert criteria are not met, but can publicity help find the child more quickly. That is why the Dutch police uses Twitter and Facebook and sometimes targeted SMS text messages in the area where the child went missing, to ask for citizen’s help to find these children.

 

Poland

AMBER Alert (Child Alert Poland)

An AMBER Alert in Poland allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases. Visit: www.childalert.pl

Technical Tools available for dissemination:
TV, radio, email, social media, digital screens.

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Poland:

  • Missing minor is under 18
  • Justified suspicion that the child’s life or health is directly threatened, or the disappearance circumstances may be linked to a crime of abduction
  • Written permission of the parent or legal carer for publication of the communication
  • Justified conviction that the AMBER Alert would be a real support in search
  • Collected data is sufficient to prepare the communication

Actors involved and their role in a national AMBER Alert:

National Police HQ Center for Missing Persons’ Search and Identification – AMBER Alert Poland operator (zaginieni.policja.plchildalert.pl)

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Poland can be found on:
The National Police HQ Center for Missing Persons’ Search and Identification is responsible for the investigation of endangered missing children cases. For more information about the Centre for Missing Persons (KGP), please click here.

 

Portugal

AMBER Alert

An AMBER Alert in Portugal allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases.

Technical Tools available for dissemination:
The project Alerta Rapto is based on a website in SharePoint where the PJ puts the information (video, audio and text) about the kidnap. The partners involved in this project have access to the website in order to download and publish the information

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Portugal:

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Portugal are stated in Article 1 of the Protocol. Verification of these points:
  • In case of kidnap or abduction (not simple disappearance);
  • Risk of life or health of the victim;
  • Information available that may allow for the tracing of the victim or suspect and
  • Victim is under 18.
  • The combination of these factors does not imply the automatic activation of the alert when that may increase the risk for the victim or compromise the investigation

Actors involved and their role in a national AMBER Alert:

  • Attorney General’s Office (Procuradoria Geral da República – PGR) – Decision to activate the alert
  • Criminal Police (Policia Judiciaria – PJ) – Helps PGR in the decision process, operationalizes the systems and does the related criminal investigation

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Portugal can be found on:

 

Romania

AMBER Alert (Alerta Rapire Copil)

An AMBER Alert in Romania allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases. Visit: www.alertarapirecopil.ro

Technical Tools available for dissemination:

TV radio, sms, billboards, information screens, email, banners on websites.

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Romania:

  • The missing person must be under 18
  • The missing person has to be been kidnapped in the presence of a witnesses
  • The life of the child is in imminent danger, or there is fear he/ she will be seriously injured
  • There is sufficient information available to enable the public to assist the police in locating the child

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Romania can be found on: www.politiaromana.ro.

 

Serbia

AMBER Alert

Serbia does not have an AMBER Alert system in place.

Currently Missing Children

No information available.

 

Slovakia

AMBER Alert (AMBER Alert Slovensko)

An AMBER Alert in Slovakia allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases. With the use of the cross-border AMBER Alert, based on the Dutch AMBER Alert system, not only Slovak, but also endangered missing children and AMBER Alerts in neighboring countries, such as the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria and Hungary, are automatically displayed on the website of AMBER Alert Slovakia. AMBER Alert Slovakia is developed by AMBER Alert Europe. Visit: www.amberalert.sk

Technical Tools available for dissemination:

Social media, Radio and TV, RSS feed, website pop-up, AMBER Alert poster, SMS and email.

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Slovakia:

  • The child is below 18 years of age
  • Immediate life-danger or risk of serious harm to the child
  • Sufficient information of the victim, including a picture
  • The case is known by PATROS and SIS
Actors involved and their role in a national AMBER Alert:
  • Slovak National Police force – investigation and decision to launch the alert
  • UNICEF Slovakia – dissemination of the alert via their network
  • AMBER Alert Europe – technical support (if needed)

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Slovakia can be found on:

 

Slovenia

AMBER Alert

Slovenia does not have an AMBER Alert system in place.

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Slovenia can be found on the Slovenian Police website.

 

Spain

AMBER Alert

An AMBER Alert in Spain allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases. Visit: www.interior.gob.es

Technical Tools available for dissemination:

The alert message is distributed by the Ministry of the Interior to the media, organizations, public and private entities who have signed an official cooperation agreement. For example: radio, TV, press (print and online), highway signs, large screens on airports, bus, railway and metro stations.

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Spain:

  • The child is under 18 years
  • The child’s disappearance has been previously classified as high risk (according to the Instruction 1/2009 of the Ministry of Security)
  • There are reasonable indications that the disappearance has been forced
  • The police investigators believe the missing child is in imminent danger and assume that activation of the alert system serves the needs of the investigation
  • There is sufficient information about the missing child available which will contribute to a positive result on the cooperation of the public
  • Permission of the parent or legal carer for publication of the communication
Actors involved and their role in a national AMBER Alert:
  • Judicial Police Unit – Investigation of the child’s disappearance (local level)
  • Central Judicial Police Unit – Investigation of the child’s disappearance (national level), keeps CEPIC informed
  • Cabinet of Coordination and Studies of the Ministry of the Interior – Decision to launch the alert / responsible for the alert
  • Information and Coordination Center (CEPIC) (Cabinet of Coordination and Studies) – Operates the alert system:
    • Draws up the format of the alert in cooperation with the Communications Department of the Cabinet of Coordination and Studies of the Ministry of the Interior
    • Maintains and updates the information of the alert
    • Regularly updates the webpage of the system
    • Develops an annual report on the results and improvements of the system

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Spain can be found on: https://www.facebook.com/Asociacionsosdesaparecidos/.

 

Sweden

AMBER Alert

Sweden does not have an AMBER Alert system in place.

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Sweden can be found on: https://www.facebook.com/MPSweden.

The NGO Missing People Sweden assists the police in organising citizen searches for missing people (children and adults).

Switzerland

AMBER Alert (Alerte Enlèvement)

Since January 1st 2010 the Swiss police has a rapid and comprehensive alarm system, which will be used in case of a reasonable suspicion or certainty, that a underaged person has been kidnapped and threat to life or physical condition.

Implementation: the alarm system has been implemented by the Conference of Cantonal Justice and Police Directors (CCJPD) in collaboration with the Federal Justice and Police (FDJP). It is based on the French “Alerte enlèvement” and enables an immediate, comprehensive and systematic dissemination of information in case a child has been kidnapped. This decision was made in recognition of the fact that the rescue of the victim in case of kidnapping within the first crucial hours is absolute important for a successful criminal investigation and the rescue of the victim. The alarmwill be activated as soon as there is sufficient information and it must be feared that the kidnapped underaged person is endangered. Visit: www.alerteenlevement.ch

Technical Tools available for dissemination:

  • Various Police systems (for dissemination among law enforcement)
  • Text message to registered users (in cooperation with mobile phone providers)
  • Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) via their news ticker, breaking news
  • Swiss Press Agency (SDA – ATS), Keystone, via their means of dissemination
  • Airports (Zurich, Basel, Geneva, Berne, Lugano), speaker announcements, monitors
  • Swiss Railways, via their means of dissemination in trains and railway stations
  • Federal Roads Office, variable-message signs
  • Advertisement provider (e.g. on-screen-ads in public transport)

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in Switzerland:

  • Strong suspicion or evidence that an abduction of a minor has taken place
  • Physical, sexual or mental integrity of the abducted is at risk
  • Enough information available to increase the chance to localize the perpetrator and/or the victim by issuing an alert
  • At least one person with parental powers or legal guardianship agrees on issue of alert
Location: the AMBER Alert will always be triggered throughout Switzerland. For particular reasons (as part of the technical possibilities) the relevant cantonal prosecuting authorities can restrict the alarm locally.
Duration: the alarm signal is spread over three (3) hours. In case the signal at this time doesn’t lead to locate victim and/or delinquent, dismissal of the alarm is automatically set. At this point the regular promotion by appropriate law enforcement authorities takes place. In case new findings arise that require a continuation of the alarm, the alarm can be extended case-related with a maximum of 2 hours.

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in Switzerland can be found on:

 

http://www.alerteenlevement.ch/Pages/Kidnapping.aspx?LANGUAGEID=EN

www.missingchildren.ch

 

United Kingdom

AMBER Alert (Child Rescue Alert)

An AMBER Alert in the United Kingdom allows police officers to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases. Visit: www.childrescuealert.org.uk

Technical Tools available for dissemination:

Automated dissemination via social, digital and internet media plus SMS, which can be local, regional or national

The criteria for launching an AMBER Alert in the United Kingdom:

  • The child is apparently under 18 years old;
  • There is a perception that the child is in imminent danger of serious harm or death;
  • There is sufficient information available to enable the public to assist police in locating the child.

Actors involved and their role in a national AMBER Alert:

Currently Missing Children

An overview of children who are currently listed as missing in the UK can be found on: www.missingpeople.org.uk.

 

If you have any additional information about the current situation on AMBER Alerts in your country, please let us know via info@amberalert.eu