The system is designed to quickly notify police and the public when a child is abducted.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation's Jerome Grant says officers are being trained to operate the system.
When a child is abducted and considered at risk of death or serious harm, the Department of Public Safety will send out an alert that will update radio and television stations.
Those outlets will relay information to the general public.
The program is named after Amber Hagerman. The 9-year-old girl was abducted and found slain in Arlington, Texas in 1996.
The system will be coupled with the coordination of state agencies to search for abducted youngsters.
The messages will include such information as the child's age and a description of the suspect if available.
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The AMBER Plan
The AMBER Plan is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies and broadcasters to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.
Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS), formerly called the Emergency Broadcast System, to air a description of the missing child and suspected abductor.
This is the same concept used during severe weather emergencies. The goal of the AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe return of the child.
How Does the AMBER Plan Work?
AMBER Plans Nationwide
Source: http://www.missingkids.org/ (The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Web site)
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