Who Needs Pictures is the title of the debut album by American country music singer-songwriter Brad Paisley. Ironically, he is a spokesperson for AmberView, a program available in West Virginia in conjunction with the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation (WVHTF) designed to assist in finding missing children. A digital picture is taken at the same time as the traditional school picture and stored with biographical information in a database. It can theoritically later be used with the National Amber Alert system should the child go missing.
AmberView, the West Virginia-developed program that assisted law enforcement by quickly issuing a digital picture of a missing or abducted child, will not be returning to state schools this fall.
AmberView did not receive funding from the National Institute of Justice to continue the program, according to the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation, which administered AmberView statewide and nationally.
“We are disappointed by the NIJ decision to no longer fund the AmberView program,” said WVHTC Foundation President and CEO James Estep.
In the 2008-09 academic year, nearly 90 percent of students in West Virginia’s 700 public and private schools participated in AmberView. More than 91,000 children were enrolled in the program.