AMBER Alert Europe is thrilled to announce the appointment of Charlie Hedges as the newest addition to its Advisory Board. Mr. Hedges, a global expert on missing persons and the father of the Missing Persons Risk Triage, has graciously accepted our invitation to join our board.

Charlie Hedges: A Leading Expert in the Field of Missing Children
Charlie Hedges is a globally recognized authority in the field of missing children. Throughout his illustrious career, he has played a pivotal role in shaping policies and strategies concerning missing persons, with a particular emphasis on abducted and trafficked children, the power of missing as an indicator and the need for efficient methods to identify (or exclude) risk. Mr. Hedges’ expertise is forged from years of dedicated service with the UK Police Force, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), and the UK National Crime Agency (NCA). Beyond national borders, he has shared his knowledge internationally, contributing significantly to the development of child alert systems and providing crucial support and training to law enforcement professionals worldwide.

With more than three decades of unwavering commitment to the UK Police force, Mr. Hedges has been instrumental in shaping policies and strategies regarding missing children. He has been at the forefront of the development of the Missing Persons Risk Triage system, making him an invaluable asset to organizations dedicated to enhancing the safety and recovery of missing persons. Chairman Frank Hoen expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “We are truly inspired by Mr. Hedges’ dedication and expertise. Following an almost decade-long cooperation, we are thrilled to welcome him as a valued member of our Advisory Board.”

Charlie Hedges’ appointment strengthens AMBER Alert Europe’s mission to safeguard and recover missing persons, particularly children, and we look forward to benefiting from his extensive knowledge and experience in this critical field.

Charlie Hedges Reflects on His Appointment
„The importance of Risk Triage and recognising that missing is an indicator are vital to responding to reports of missing persons correctly. They tell us of the urgency of response and how to recognise the sometimes-sinister reasons for them going.  I have worked with AMBER Alert since 2014, following a career in the UK police and the National Crime Agency, writing national guidance, and advising on critical cases. I am pleased to be a member of the advisory board.“