AMBER Alert Europe 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.
AMBER Alert Europe’s 29 participating organisations include civil society, authorities and business from 21 countries. AMBER Alert Europe facilitates the European Police Expert Network on Missing Children, consisting of over 50 experts from 18 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.
Saving the lives of missing children
Dedicated to the protection of missing children, AMBER Alert Europe connects citizens with law enforcement when the police believe the public can help save the child’s life. It provides for training and cross-border coordination to law enforcement.
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 a crowdsourced organisation
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 missing children.
Netpresenter, True, QNH, Axon, Microsoft, Sanoma, Widgets, Google and Bureau Brussels. These sponsors provide for: office space, manpower, software and other operational facilities.
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 76 percent of the AMBER Alerts, the child was successfully found. AMBER Alert Netherlands forms part of the Dutch police services.
The creation of AMBER Alert Europe
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 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.
Goals & way forward
One of the ways AMBER Alert Europe aims to achieve its objective is by removing bureaucratic, legal, geographical or linguistic obstacles. In order to achieve its objective, the organisation will try to liaise with organisations 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 465 MEPs – that serve as a first step in putting the above in practice.
“On the 28th of April 2015, the Czech Parliament signed 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
“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”.
Chief Commander of Police in Poland