AMBER Alerts – Every Second Counts

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is authorized by the California Vehicle Code to adopt and enforce such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the duties of the
department. These rules and regulations are subject to the procedures contained in the California Government Code and as specified by the California Office of Administrative Law. Regulations adopted by the department are contained in Title 13, California Code of Regulations.
Did you know the CHP is Responsible for the AMBER Alert Program?
The AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly incite the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child.
What is the AMBER Alert?
AMBER stands for “America’s Missing: Broadcasting Emergency Response”. However, it was originally named for Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old child who was abducted and later found murdered in Arlington, Texas in 1996.
Using radio, television, the internet, highway information signs, and even cell phone networks, AMBER Alerts gives the public the information needed to locate abducted children. The AMBER Alert Program has helped in successfully recovering over one hundred children since it was established statewide in California on July 31, 2002.
AMBER Alerts are now available to cell phone users via the website. You can sign up to receive AMBER Alert notifications on your handheld devices. You just might save a child’s life.
For more information:
California Highway Patrol
1-800-TELL-CHP (1-800-835-5247)
California Department of Justice
Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit
Missing Children Hotline
1-800-222-FIND (1-800-222-3463)
Office of Victim Services
(877) 433-9069
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)