Massachusetts Child AMBER Alert
On October 1 st, 2002, several months prior to the announcement of the national mandate, the Massachusetts Child AMBER Alert became effective in Massachusetts; a period of just nine months from initial consideration to full implementation. This process has taken over two years to come to fruition in other states. The Massachusetts State Police were also instrumental in the development of a regional AMBER Alert program.
Due to the relatively small geographic size of the state of Massachusetts and its close proximity to the other New England states, persons involved in abductions can quickly travel from one state to another. As a result, partnerships have been developed with each of the New England states, and other Northeastern states, to allow for the AMBER Alert to be broadcast in multiple states when necessary. Since the plan was adopted in Massachusetts in October of 2002, a Massachusetts Child AMBER Alert has been activated on fifteen occasions and all twenty-three children associated with these activations have been successfully recovered.