Reminds Kansans to stay alert to help locate missing children
TOPEKA – (January 13, 2012) – In recognition of National Amber Alert Awareness Day, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today reminded Kansans to stay alert when the public’s assistance is needed to locate a missing child.
“Kansas was fortunate in 2011 that no Amber Alerts were issued,” Schmidt said. “But we should all remember to pay attention when we hear or see an Amber Alert online, on a highway sign, or in a television or radio announcement. When a child is missing, citizens become the eyes and ears of local law enforcement. It could be a tip from you that saves a child’s life.”
When an Amber Alert is issued, it is broadcast to the public by media organizations. Kansans also are encouraged to sign up to receive Amber Alerts directly to their mobile phones or Facebook accounts. Information about signing up to receive Amber Alerts directly is available on the attorney general’s website at www.ksag.org.
“The Kansas Amber Alert program is a powerful tool for law enforcement to use when a child has been abducted,” Schmidt said. “We know that finding a child quickly can make the difference between life and death. The success of the Amber Alert program rests on a swift and seamless response, and that requires all of us to be prepared.”
The Amber Alert program, named for 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and transportation agencies to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to air a description of the abducted child and suspected abductor. The goal of an Amber Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child.
Since its inception in 1996, this program has successfully brought 540 children home safely. In Kansas, 21 children have been safely returned since 2002. The Kansas Amber Alert program is coordinated through the attorney general’s office.
For more information or to sign up to received direct Amber Alerts, go to www.ksag.org, www.ksamber.org or www.facebook.com/AmberAlertKS. You can sign up to receive text message alerts at www.wirelessamberalerts.org.