Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S04-05-01
AMBER Alert Notification Plan
Issue Date:22 February 2012Effective Date:22 February 2012
Rescinds:Version dated 1 November 2003; S03-19
Index Category:Preliminary Investigations
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.describes the Illinois State Police AMBER Alert Notification Plan.
  • B.outlines the procedures for:
    • 1.activating the AMBER Alert Notification Plan.
    • 2.processing an AMBER Alert received through a LEADS message.
  • C.introduces the Request to Initiate the AMBER Alert Notification Plan form (CPD-24.144).
  • D.establishes the AMBER Alert Notification Plan file.
II.General Information
  • A.The AMBER Alert Notification Plan is an emergency alert plan, coordinated through the Illinois State Police (ISP), which makes information regarding abducted and endangered children immediately available to the citizens of Illinois.
    NOTE:
    Cases that should be considered for the AMBER Alert Notification Plan will include, but are not limited to, missing persons under the age of sixteen, child abductions, and kidnappings. While each case must be judged individually, the AMBER Alert Notification Plan generally should not be used for runaways and most child custody situations.
  • B.Consistent with the standards established by the ISP, in order to activate the AMBER Alert Notification Plan in Illinois, law enforcement agencies must ensure the following two criteria are met:
    • 1.The child be UNDER the age of 16 or has a proven mental or physical disability, and
    • 2.Police must believe the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death.
      NOTE:
      The AMBER Alert Notification Plan will not be used for persons eighteen years of age or older.
  • C.If both criteria as outlined in Item II-B are not met, an AMBER Alert will not be activated.
III.Procedures for Activating the Amber Alert Notification Plan
  • A.A Department member becoming aware of a case that meets the criteria for an AMBER Alert will immediately notify the district station supervisor or area commanding officer, as appropriate, to initiate procedures to activate the AMBER Alert Notification Plan.
    NOTE:
    Critical information for ensuring the effectiveness of an AMBER Alert includes, but is not limited to, accurate and complete descriptions of the event, victim, offender, and vehicle, if any.
  • B.A Department member becoming aware of the need to update or cancel an AMBER Alert will immediately notify the district station supervisor or area commanding officer, as appropriate, who will promptly notify the Youth Investigations Division (YID).
  • C.When, in the determination of the district station supervisor or area commanding officer, the circumstances of the incident meet the criteria outlined in Item II-B, an AMBER Alert will be requested by:
    • 1.immediately contacting the YID, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to request an AMBER Alert be issued and providing all the critical information to support the alert.
    • 2.obtaining a current photograph, if available, of the subject of the AMBER Alert and forwarding it immediately to the YID.
      NOTE:
      When necessary to ensure the timely delivery of a photograph suitable for copying, the photograph will be hand carried to the YID.
    • 3.ensuring a copy of the appropriate completed case report is forwarded, as soon as possible, to the YID via facsimile.
    • 4.recording the request and subsequent approval or disapproval of the AMBER Alert on the Watch Incident Log (CPD-21.916).
  • D.The member of the YID receiving a request to initiate the AMBER Alert Notification Plan will:
    • 1.immediately notify the Commander, YID, of the request.
    • 2.complete a Request to Initiate the AMBER Alert Notification Plan form (CPD-24.144).
  • E.Upon receiving a request for an AMBER Alert, the Commander, YID, will contact the appropriate Deputy Chief or Chief, Bureau of Detectives, for approval of the request.
  • F.If the AMBER Alert request is approved, the Commander, YID, will ensure:
    • 1.the name of the approving Department exempt member, date, and time are recorded on the Request to Initiate the AMBER Alert Notification Plan form.
    • 2.the activation of the AMBER Alert Notification Plan consistent with the established ISP procedures, including the completion of the facsimile package established by the ISP.
    • 3.notification is made regarding the approval and the issuance of the AMBER Alert to:
      • a.the requesting station supervisor or area commanding officer,
      • b.the Director, Office of News Affairs, and
      • c.the Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC).
    • 4.the AMBER Alert is updated, as necessary, consistent with the procedures established by the ISP.
  • G.If the AMBER Alert request is not approved, the Commander, YID, will ensure:
    • 1.the Department exempt member or ISP member denying the request is recorded on the Request to Initiate the AMBER Alert Notification Plan form.
    • 2.notification is made to the requesting district station supervisor or area commanding officer.
  • H.The assigned member of the YID will:
    • 1.for every AMBER Alert request, including those not approved:
      • a.create a LEADS entry containing the missing persons information consistent with existing Department procedures for processing missing persons.
      • b.establish and maintain an AMBER Alert Notification Plan file which will include:
        • (1)the completed Request to Initiate the AMBER Alert Notification Plan form.
        • (2)the ISP facsimile package.
        • (3)other pertinent documents related to the AMBER Alert case.
    • 2.upon the approval of the AMBER Alert:
      • a.enter a "Type-III" message containing the AMBER Alert information into LEADS.
      • b.ensure a Community Alert and Department Special Bulletin are issued containing the information from the AMBER Alert consistent with existing procedures.
      • c.ensure the appropriate field and investigative units are notified of the AMBER Alert information through the Administrative Message Center (AMC).
      • d.ensure an "All Call" message containing the AMBER Alert information is broadcast through OEMC, for a minimum of four hours but not to exceed eight hours.
IV.Procedures for Cancelling an Amber Alert Initiated by the Department
Upon receiving and approving a request to cancel an AMBER Alert initiated by the Department, the Commander, YID, will ensure:
  • A.the AMBER Alert is cancelled consistent with the procedures established by the ISP.
  • B.a message canceling the AMBER Alert is entered into LEADS.
  • C.the appropriate field and investigative units are notified of the AMBER Alert cancellation through the AMC.
  • D.an All Call message containing the AMBER Alert cancellation is broadcast through OEMC.
  • E.telephonic notifications of the cancellation are made to:
    • 1.CPIC, and
    • 2.the Office of News Affairs.
V.Procedures for Processing an Amber Alert Initiated by Another Jurisdiction
Upon receiving a LEADS message containing an AMBER Alert issued by another jurisdiction:
  • A.the supervisor, Field Services Section, Records Division, will ensure the message is immediately forwarded to the Commander, YID.
  • B.the Commander, YID, will determine the appropriate distribution, if necessary, of the AMBER Alert, and ensure:
    • 1.that the appropriate field and investigative units are notified of the AMBER Alert information through the AMC.
    • 2.an "All Call" message containing the AMBER Alert information is broadcast through OEMC, for a minimum of four hours but not to exceed eight hours.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were revised or added.)
Authenticated by: RMJ
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
03-143 / 12-003 DK/MWK(PMD)/JB