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WVC 15 - 3 A- 1 §15-3A-1. Short title.
This article shall be known and may be cited as "Amber's Plan".

WVC 15 - 3 A- 2 §15-3A-2. Findings and determinations relative to "Amber's Plan".
(a) The Legislature finds and determines that:

(1) Public alerts can be one of the most effective tools in combating child abductions;

(2) Law-enforcement officers and other professionals specializing in the field of abducted and missing children agree that the most critical moments in the search for an abducted child are the first few hours immediately following the abduction, asserting that if a child is not found within two to four hours, it is unlikely that child will be found alive;

(3) The rapid dissemination of information, including a description of the abducted child, details of the abduction, abductor and vehicle involved, to the citizens of the affected community and region is, therefore, critical;

(4) Alerted to an abduction, the citizenry become an extensive network of eyes and ears serving to assist law enforcement in quickly locating and safely recovering the child;

(5) The most effective method of immediately notifying the public of a child abduction is through the broadcast media; and

(6) That in addition to public alerts, other tools allowing rapid response and identification of the movements of persons suspected in a child abduction require the use of all forms of developing technologies to assist law enforcement in rapid response to these alerts and is an additional tool for assuring the well being and safety of our children. Thus, the use of traffic video recording and monitoring devices for the purpose of surveillance of a suspect vehicle adds yet another set of eyes to assist law enforcement and aid in the safe recovery of the child.

(b) The Legislature declares that given the successes other states and regions have experienced in using broadcast media alerts to quickly locate and safely recover abducted children, and, with the recent development of highway video recording and monitoring systems, it is altogether fitting and proper, and within the public interest, to establish these programs for West Virginia.

WVC 15 - 3 A- 3 §15-3A-3. Establishment of "Amber's Plan".
(a) The secretary of the department of military affairs and public safety shall establish "Amber's Plan", a program authorizing the broadcast media, upon notice from the state police, to transmit an emergency alert to inform the public of a child abduction. The program shall be a voluntary, cooperative effort between state and local law-enforcement agencies and the broadcast media.

(b) The secretary shall notify the broadcast media serving the state of West Virginia of the establishment of "Amber's Plan" and invite their voluntary participation.

WVC 15 - 3 A- 4 §15-3A-4. Activation of Amber Alert.

     (a) The following criteria shall be met before the State Police activate the Amber Alert:

     (1) The child is believed to be abducted;

     (2) The child is seventeen years of age or younger;

     (3) The child may be in danger of death or serious bodily injury; and

     (4) There is sufficient information available to indicate that an Amber Alert would assist in locating the child.

     (b) In the event of suspicion that a child has been abducted or is missing, and in the initial stages of a missing or abducted child investigation, the reporting law enforcement agency shall contact the West Virginia State Police Communications Center by telephone. The communications center will then contact the Amber Alert Coordinator to determine if the Amber Alert criteria are satisfied." WVC 15 - 3 A- 5 §15-3A-5. Notice to participating media; broadcast of alert.
(a) The participating media shall voluntarily agree, upon notice from the state police, to transmit emergency alerts to inform the public of a child abduction that has occurred within their broadcast service regions.

(b) The alerts shall be read after a distinctive sound tone and a statement notifying that the broadcast is an abducted child alert. The alerts shall be broadcast as often as possible, pursuant to guidelines established by the West Virginia Broadcasters' Association, for the first three hours. After the initial three hours, the alert shall be rebroadcast at such intervals as the investigating authority, the state police and the participating media deem appropriate.

(c) The alerts shall include a description of the child, such details of the abduction and abductor as may be known, and such other information as the state police may deem pertinent and appropriate. The state police shall in a timely manner update the broadcast media with new information when appropriate concerning the abduction.

(d) The alerts also shall provide information concerning how those members of the public who have information relating to the abduction may contact the state police or other appropriate law-enforcement agency.

(e) Concurrent with the notice provided to the broadcast media, the state police shall also notify the department of transportation, the division of highways and the West Virginia turnpike commission of the "Amber Alert" so that the department and the affected authorities may, if possible, through the use of their variable message signs, inform the motoring public that an "Amber Alert" is in progress and may provide information relating to the abduction and how motorists may report any information they have to the state police or other appropriate law-enforcement agency.

(f) The alerts shall terminate upon notice from the state police.

(g) The secretary, with the assistance of the participating broadcast media, shall develop and undertake a campaign to inform law-enforcement agencies about "Amber's Plan" and the emergency alert program established under this article.

WVC 15 - 3 A- 6 §15-3A-6. Guidelines; procedural rules.
The secretary may adopt guidelines and procedural rules to effectuate the purposes of this article.

WVC 15 - 3 A- 7 §15-3A-7. Providing for the use of video image recording devices for search purposes during an Amber Alert or Silver Alert Activation.
(a) The State Police and the Division of Highways shall coordinate a process to utilize all available video recording and monitoring devices for the purpose of monitoring Amber Alert or Silver Alert suspect vehicles. This program shall be called the "Guardian Angel Video Monitoring" Program.

(b) The Secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety shall also develop a plan to provide for the State Police to monitor and utilize video recording and monitoring devices during an Amber Alert or Silver Alert. This "Guardian Angel Video Monitoring" implementation plan shall include at a minimum, the following:

(1) Utilization of any state or local video recording and monitoring devices upon agreement with the department, agency or political subdivision in control of the video recording device; and,

(2) Development of policies and initiatives relating to facilitating sharing of information with neighboring states wherein suspect vehicles in Amber Alerts or Silver Alerts may be crossing state lines.

(c) The secretary shall submit the plan to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance no later than December 1, 2008. The plan shall include an analysis of all related costs for equipping and using a statewide video recording and monitoring system during the duration of an Amber Alert and recommendations for any additional legislation or actions necessary to further facilitate the implementation of the "Guardian Angel Video Monitoring" program.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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Recent legislation affecting the Code

Citation Year/Session Short Title
§15 - 1 K- 1 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 2 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 3 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 4 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 5 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 6 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 7 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 8 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 9 - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB280 SUB1 enr  (Uploaded - 10/06/2017)
Moving administration of Civil Air Patrol to Adjutant General
§15 - 2 - 5 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB523 SUB1 enr  (Uploaded - 10/02/2017)
Converting to biweekly pay cycle for state employees
§15 - 2 - 10 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 - 24 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

sb684 enr  (Uploaded - 10/02/2017)
Relating generally to WV State Police
§15 - 2 - 3 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

sb690 enr  (Uploaded - 10/02/2017)
Authorizing WV State Police impose and collect fees for agencies and entities using their facilities
§15 - 3 B- 2 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 3 B- 3 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 3 B- 4 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 3 B- 5 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 3 B- 6 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2167 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 10/06/2017)
Creating a Silver Alert program for senior citizens
§15 - 9 A- 2 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 12 - 2 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2318 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 10/06/2017)
Relating generally to human trafficking
§15 - 2 - 45 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 A- 6 B - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2586 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 10/06/2017)
Relating to required minimum distribution of retirement benefits of plans administered by the Consolidated Public Retirement Board
§15 - 2 D- 3 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2676 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 10/06/2017)
Transferring the Security office under the Division of Culture and History to the Division of Protective Services
§15 - 14 - 1 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 2 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 3 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 4 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 5 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 6 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 7 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 8 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 9 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 10 - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2759 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 10/06/2017)
Creating Statewide Interoperable Radio Network
§15 - 1 J- 2 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 1 J- 4 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

hb2796 ENR  (Uploaded - 10/06/2017)
Relating to the West Virginia National Guard entering into contracts and subcontracts for specialized technical services
§15 - 2 - 17 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 E- 3 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 E- 5 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2939 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 10/06/2017)
Relating to the sale of items in the State Police Academy post exchange to the public
§15 - 2 - 24 D - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2980 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 10/06/2017)
Relating to civil lawsuit filing fees for multiple defendant civil action
§15 - 5 A- 5 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB3048 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 10/06/2017)
Relating to collection of Tier II fees for chemical inventories
§15 - 2 - 24 C - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB104 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/10/2016)
Classifying Marshall University Forensic Science Center as a criminal justice agency
§15 - 1 F- 8 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB484 SUB2 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/11/2016)
Relating to reemployment rights of military personnel
§15 - 2 - 3 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB500 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/08/2016)
Authorizing Superintendent of State Police hold training classes to use West Virginia Automated Police Network
§15 - 5 C- 1 - (New Code)
§15 - 5 C- 2 - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4323 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/23/2016)
Relating to the reporting of emergency incidents by well operators and pipeline operators
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