This week, the AMBER Alert Program played a major role in the safe recoveries of a kidnapped baby in Texas and a four-year-old girl in Los Angeles.
Now, Wiregrass officers are working to bring the system here.
The AMBER Alert Program is named in memory of another Texas girl, Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped and murdered in 1996.
Since that time, police have teamed up with local radio and TV stations to immediately broadcast descriptions and pictures of suspects, their vehicles and the children who have been abducted.
The information goes out to the public as soon as possible, sometimes within minutes of the crime.
Captain Parrish said, "studies show the AMBER Alert Program also helps prevent child abductions."
WTVY News 4 and other local TV and radio stations will work with local police to try to get a local program up and running.
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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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