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Colorado Bureau of Investigation to test Amber Alert System Wednesday

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Posted at 1:03 PM, May 20, 2024

COLORADO — The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is working to test the Colorado Amber Alert System this week.

According to the bureau, the test planned for Wednesday will send notifications to people who are signed up for test alerts while avoiding the systems of the public who are not signed up to receive the notification. By default, the alert test system is disabled on all phones.

Those who are signed up for the alert test feature will receive the notification will be alerted at 11 a.m. When receiving the notification it is important to remember that no action needs to be taken, it is solely to alert the trial participants.

“One of the challenges of the WEA system is that it only provides for a maximum of 360 characters in the cell phone message, which dramatically limits the amount of information the CBI can offer in these time-sensitive situations,” said CBI Director Chris Schaefer. “The URL redirect to a site will further enhance our ability to share critical and helpful information in a timely manner.”

In its current form, the alert links will update to X (Twitter) but it is now transitioning to posting the final link to a Google Site. X will still be receiving the notifications, but the CBI wanted to use this Google Site as the main hub for the public to see when they click the link.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation Alert Homepage
The new Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Alert Page. The page displays all active alerts for the CBI that have been issued around the state.

For the media, alerts will still be received through the existing framework, the new URL redirect is only for AMBER and Blue alerts. All other forms of alerts will be sent through existing text and email chains and will continue to be shared on the CBI's Facebook and Twitter as posts.

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The test comes three days before National Missing Children's Day on May 25.

The CBI also wants to remind the public of the criteria required to send out an AMBER Alert:

  1. The abducted child must be 17 years of age or younger,
  2. The abducted child must be in immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death,
  3. There must be enough descriptive information available to believe a broadcast will assist or aid in the recovery,
  4. The activation must be requested by a local law enforcement agency or AMBER Designee from another state.

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