The Albuquerque Silver Alert Protocol is intended to assist law enforcement in locating certain missing persons meeting the following criteria. The Albuquerque Silver Alert Protocol does not limit law enforcement from the use of the same public notification resources in missing person cases not meeting these criteria. However, the term "Silver Alert" must not be used by law enforcement or the media in requesting public assistance in locating a missing adult unless the following three criteria are met.
- Law enforcement has reason to believe the person reported missing is either
- Suffering from dementia, or
- Over age 60, and
- The person has a reported medical or mental condition that may threaten, or greatly reduce, their ability to make sound reasonable decisions and/or may diminish their ability to survive without assistance, or
- The person has been determined to be a risk to harm their self.
- The person’s whereabouts are unknown and he or she is missing under circumstances not conforming to their normal routine or habits and may be in need of assistance or intervention.
- Care should be taken to be reasonably certain the person reporting the missing person is not using the system to locate another for reasons other than to assure their safety. For example, some people may attempt to use the system to find an adult who has voluntarily and knowingly chosen to go elsewhere away from the complainant or a domestic abuser may use the system to attempt to find their spouse.
- The investigating officer determines it is appropriate to request public assistance in locating the individual.
- Officer(s) should be aware a missing adult has the right to self determination and the missing person or their family may object to public release of medical or other personal information. The goal of law enforcement must be the safety of the missing person based on all known facts and existing circumstances and conditions.