Utah’s AMBER Alert System to Participate in Bi-annual Test


Gina McNeil

Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification

Amber Alert Coordinator

Utah’s AMBER Alert System to Participate in Bi-annual Test

Utah’s AMBER Alert Plan will be tested on January 13, 2017, National AMBER Alert day. The AMBER Alert is tested twice a year. August 26th and January 13th.  The Utah Department of Public Safety will be testing the Law Enforcement Alerting Portal (LEAP) system. This system is used as additional notification during an AMBER Alert.   This will be the 29th test of the Utah AMBER Alert Plan.

“We need as many people as possible to get involved each time the AMBER Alert is activated,” says Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires. “We are committed to the Amber Alert program and grateful for the dedicated work that program coordinators puts forth to make sure these children are found safely and brought home to their families.” The exact time of the test is not given but radio stations should make an announcement when the test is initiated. TV stations are asked to announce and/or run a crawl about the test at the top of the screen. All media outlets are encouraged to post the tests on their websites. Utah has issued 46 AMBER Alerts since the plan was started on April 2, 2002.

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