The state's Amber Alert System is under a routine review after a false alarm was inadvertently issued earlier this month.
The false alarm was mistakenly issued through Dane County. Jim Warren with the State department of Justice, which oversees the Amber Alert program, says it's the first time something like this has happened in the program's existence and he says steps will be taken so it won't happen again.
Warren says the instant alert system for abducted children, that goes out to broadcasters and is posted on electronic overhead highway signs, has been very successful. Only eleven full scale alerts have been issued in nearly four years leading to the recovery of fourteen children.
The system has been very careful not to get involved in a "cry wolf" situation so there are very specific conditions for an Amber Alert to be issued.
Warren says the child or children have to be 17 years old or younger and actually abducted. They have to be in danger of great bodily harm or death and there has to be a good enough description of the child, the alleged abductor or the suspect's car to make an Amber Alert worthwhile.
Amber Alert in Wisconsin will be four years old in April.