Today is AMBER Alert Awareness Day.
- Why are there 116 different Amber Alert systems?
- Why does the criteria for activating an Amber Alert often vary between jurisdictions (State/Regional/Local)?
- Why is there no National Amber Alert system?
- Have any children ever been recovered as a result of a wireless alert to a cell phone?
Most people are unaware it is a voluntary program between broadcasters and Law Enforcement. The Amber Alert isn’t used or intended to be used in all missing child cases. It doesn’t necessarily become broadcast over highway billboards. Some states boast of 100% recovery success rates when the system is used. Could it be not enough alerts were issued? Some states want to make it a crime to issue a false report leading to an Amber Alert Activation.
The story behind the Amber Alert system:
On January 13, 1996, 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, when a neighbor heard her scream. The neighbor saw a man pull Amber off her bike, throw her into the front seat of his pickup truck, and drive away at a high rate of speed. The neighbor called police and provided a description of the suspect and his vehicle. Arlington Police and the FBI interviewed other neighbors and searched for the suspect and vehicle. Local radio and television stations covered the story in their regular newscasts. Four days later Amber’s body was found in a drainage ditch four miles away. Her kidnapping and murder still remain unsolved.
Arkansas uses the Morgan Nick Amber Alert System. It is named for 6-year-old Morgan Nick who was abducted from a little league ball game by an unidentified man at 10:45 p.m. on June 9, 1995 in Alma, Arkansas
Georgia has the Levi’s Call in memory of Levi Frady.
On October 22, 1997, after a day of playing with his friends, 11-year old Levi Frady headed toward his rural Forsyth County home. It was getting dark but his house was less than a mile away, and he and his trusty bike had made the trip dozens of times. Tragically, on this evening, Levi would not make it home. He was abducted, driven to a neighboring county, and brutally murdered. The next day, his body was found in a wooded area. Law enforcement are still searching for his killer(s).
It also has Mattie’s Call
Established by the Georgia General Assembly in 2006, Mattie’s Call is an emergency missing alert for disabled or elderly persons. The alert is an investigative tool that can only be activated by a local law enforcement agency.
Kimberly’s Call, established by legislation in 2006, is an emergency alert issued by local law enforcement when violent criminals are at large and may be of serious threat to the public.
Hawaii has the Maile Amber Alert
MAILE AMBER is an acronym for Minor Abducted in Life-threatening Emergency and America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response. It is named in memory of 6-year-old Maile Gilbertof Kailua and 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas.
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