How Officers Handle Amber Alerts

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More than seven hundred thousand children will be taken in the U-S every year.
And officers say they're doing everything they can, to lower that statistic.

In the past month, two amber alerts have been issued in Alabama.
When this happens, officers use every available resource to bring missing children home.

“When we have information as it progresses we feed this information through, it gets into the broadcasting system whether it be television or radio and some of the bigger cities like Birmingham you see the overpass signs.” Houston County Sheriff’s Deputy Antonio Gonzalez said.

Getting the word out to the public through social media has also been a success.

“When you have that many eyes, but not only law enforcement but you have citizens traveling on the road as well. “ Gonzalez said.

Officers also go to local businesses for their help.

“We have assistance from some of the electronic business owners who have billboards that put them on those for us.” Gonzalez said.

If an amber alert is issued in multiple states, officers say it's important for all of the information to be sent to assisting agencies as quickly as possible.
They accomplish this by sending the info through a direct message to cell phones.
In these types of cases, the first couple of hours are crucial.

“Because you are limited in your time, because the longer the time goes, the less likely you are to recover alive.” Gonzalez said.

Officers say once a child has been missing for 72-hours, or 6-days, the chance of finding them alive becomes extremely slim.

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