Message from the Chief
On behalf of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Division of Police (DP), I would like to personally thank you for your interest in our AMBER alert program. An alarming number of children are reported missing or abducted every day in this country. AMBER alerts enable law enforcement to act swiftly to help recover each child using guidelines provided by the Department of Justice and various state law enforcement agencies. The first AMBER alert program was established in 2002 and has resulted in saving the lives of 518 children. The Division of Police has established a policy that all personnel issued wireless devices within the DP must participate in this program as part of our community policing efforts. Please help us in these efforts, and take a few minutes to subscribe. It is in the best interest of all the NIH employees to participate in this worthy program.
Alvin D. Hinton, M.S.
NIH Chief of Police
Wireless Amber Alert Program
How does it work?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Division of Police (DP) has implemented a wireless “AMBER” alert program on the NIH campus. This program is a nationwide initiative and is a voluntary partnership among the wireless industry, the United States Department of Justice, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The purpose of this partnership is to distribute AMBER alerts to wireless subscribers who “opt in” to receive the messages on cell phone or other wireless devices and are able to receive text messages on these devices. Wireless AMBER alerts consist of simple text messages informing the subscriber of the alert along with a brief description of the situation and description of the victim. Subscribers will receive status updates as additional information becomes available.
The first phase of this program on the NIH campus was implemented for cellular device users within the Division of Police community. It is now policy within the Division of Police that all DP-issued users participate in this program. We encourage all NIH employees to sign up for this program if you have been issued a cellular device by the NIH. You may also sign up on your personal wireless device as well. Users can designate up to five zip codes (including 20892) from which you would like to receive alerts.
How to Subscribe
To sign up for Amber alerts for your cellular device, take the following steps:
- On your computer, go to www.wirelessamberalerts.org
- Submit your wireless phone number
- Read the terms and conditions
- Press “Complete the Subscription”
- Enter (up to 5) zip codes for the areas from which you wish to receive alerts
- Select a password
- Congratulations! You may help save a life.
For more information regarding the AMBER Alert program, contact the NIH Division of Police at 301-496-2387 and ask to speak with a Community Policing Officer.