The Angel Initiative is a program started by the Kentucky State Police in 2016 with one goal: save lives.
The Angel Initiative is a pro-active approach offering an alternative escape to those battling addiction.
Summary of Department of Justice Recommended Criteria
There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred.
The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child.
The abduction is of a child aged 17 years or younger.
The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.
It should NOT be used for runaway or most parental abduction cases unless the circumstance is life threatening to the child.
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Two Types of Golden Alerts
Physical, mental, or cognitive impairment or organic brain disorder, including but not limited to Alzheimer's disease, and whose disappearance poses a credible threat to the health or safety of the person, as determined by the Department of Kentucky State Police or a local law enforcement agency.
GOLDEN ALERT D
Is defined as anyone with developmental disability, including but not limited to autism, or traumatic brain injury and whose disappearance poses a credible threat to the health or safety of the person, as determined by the Department of Kentucky State Police or a local law enforcement agency.
"Traumatic brain injury" means a partial or total disability caused by injury to the central nervous system from physical trauma, damage to the central nervous system from anoxia, hypoxic episodes, allergic conditions, toxic substances, or other acute medical clinical incidents resulting in impaired cognitive abilities or impaired physical functioning. "Traumatic brain injury" does not include:
(a) Strokes that can be treated in nursing facilities providing routine rehabilitation services;
(b) Spinal cord injuries for which there are no known or obvious injuries to the intracranial central nervous system;
(c) Progressive dementias and other mentally impairing conditions;
(d) Depression and psychiatric disorders in which there is no known or obvious central nervous system damage;
(e) An intellectual disability and birth defect related disorders of long standing nature; or
(f) Neurological degenerative, metabolic, and other medical conditions of a chronic, degenerative nature.
Ky. Rev. Stat. § 39F.180
There is no requirement in Kentucky to delay the search for or rescue of any lost, missing, or overdue person. Any person who is reported lost, missing, or overdue, adult or child, may be searched for immediately by any emergency management, fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, search and rescue, rescue squad, or other similar organization to which a missing or overdue person is reported. No public safety answering point, emergency dispatch center, or 911 center shall delay any call reporting a person lost, overdue, or missing to the organization specified in the county search and rescue annex of the county emergency management plan as responsible for searching for lost, missing, or overdue persons.
A search for a veteran at risk shall immediately be reported as a Green Alert.
"Veteran at risk" means a veteran or an active-duty member of the Armed Forces, the National Guard, or a military reserve component of the United States who is known to have a physical or mental health condition, to include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), that is related to his or her service