Three criteria must be met before the State Police will activate the plan:

  1. A child, 17 years of age or younger, has been abducted;
  2. The child is in danger of serious bodily harm, injury or death; and
  3. There is enough descriptive information to believe that an AMBER Alert may help locate the child.

Since 2002 the Massachusetts Child AMBER Alert has been activated 15 times and successfully recovered and reunited 23 children with their families.