The AMBER Alert Plan statewide tool law enforcement agencies use to help locate children who have been abducted.  The plan, which was developed by the Illinois State Police, utilizes broadcasting companies (radio and television) to put out pertinent information regarding an abducted child.

To use the AMBER Plan, the abducted child must be: 1) under the age of 16 or have a proven mental or physical disability; and 2) the police must believe that the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death. 

When an incident occurs and the above criteria are met, the investigating police agency notifies the Illinois State Police, who in turn works with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to disseminate the information to broadcasters. 

The AMBER program is named after a nine year old who was abducted and killed in Texas in 1996.

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