The California alerts program highlights a strategic partnership between law enforcement, the media, our communities, and other partners to effectively provide the public with actionable information relating to a missing persons and affect a quick, safe recovery. California has four recognized alerts: AMBER Alert, Blue Alert, Silver Alert, and Endangered Missing Advisory (Ashanti Act Compliant). The CHP maintains information for all active alerts in California. This can be found on Twitter at @CHPAlerts or by clicking on the link https:chp.click/alert.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) – Emergency Notification and Tactical Alert Center (ENTAC) is the designated state coordinator for missing persons alerts throughout California. ENTAC is staffed 24 hours a day by uniformed CHP personnel and is located at the CHP Headquarters in Sacramento, CA. The CHP is responsible for the activation of all alerts on behalf of investigating agencies in California’s municipalities, counties, and tribal communities. Investigating agencies are encouraged to contact the State Coordinator to receive free California POST certified training regarding all missing persons alerts and available tools and resources.
The CHP is a recognized national leader for missing persons alerts. In 2019, the CHP was the first agency to successfully utilize hyperlinks in Wireless Emergency Alerts for missing persons. This revolutionized the process and provided our communities with immediate, actionable information regarding the emergency message they had just received, including crucial photographs of the suspect, suspect vehicle, and missing person. The response from our communities has saved lives. We have many documented cases of members of our community receiving the alert, acting on the information, and safely recovering the victim. Statistics are important, but the real story is with each name, face, and family we assist. To read success stories Click Here.
The CHP recognizes the impact emergency alerts can have on the community, both positive and negative. While alerts are a proven method to reach our communities, we recognize that these messages need to be tailored to the individual case. The CHP pioneered the process to activate alerts within the community and geographic region were it is needed most, in contrast to the national standard of blanketed, statewide alert broadcasts. This allows the CHP to get vital information into the hands of our community members who are in the best position to assist, making each person who receives an alert another set of eyes and ears to help safely recover a missing person.
The California Highway Patrol, Emergency Notification and Tactical Alert Center is responsible for the activation of AMBER, Silver, and Blue Alerts in support of all law enforcement in California. Find all active alerts below, along with access to related flyers for broader dissemination.
Learn about AMBER Alerts, what to do if there is one in your area, and how you can help return a child to their parents. Find out how to stay informed, and what to do if you see an abduction occur.
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A Blue Alert means a violent attack on a law enforcement officer has occurred, and a search for the suspect is active. Blue Alert provides immediate information to the public through media broadcasts, soliciting help from the public in the safe and swift apprehension of the suspect.
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The purpose of the Silver Alert program is to establish a quick response system designed to issue and coordinate alerts following the unexplained or suspicious disappearance of an elderly, developmentally disabled or cognitively impaired person.
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