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CHP Observes National Amber Alert Awareness Day

chpamberawarenessThe California Highway Patrol and the U.S. Department of Justice are observing National AMBER Alert Awareness Day on Monday, January 13th.

This special day was created to raise public awareness of the AMBER Alert program. The goal of the program, which can be found in every state in the nation, is to instantly spur the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of a child.

The CHP serves as the statewide coordinator for California’s AMBER Alert system. Since it was implemented in July of 2002, the alert system been activated in California 216 times, resulting in the rescue or safe finding of 254 children.

“The public has been essential to the success of California’s AMBER Alert system,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Working together with law enforcement, broadcasters, and other government agencies has proven successful in saving the lives of hundreds of children in California for more than a decade.”

California recently saw a change to the AMBER Alert system. The change that became effective January 1st, 2014, expands the ability of AMBER Alerts to be activated if a child has been taken by anyone, regardless if an actual abduction is involved, and the agency believes the child is in threat of serious bodily injury or death.

“An AMBER Alert is a call to action,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Not only is law enforcement engaged in the safe recovery of the child, but there are thousands of other eyes and ears aiding in that search.”

The public can get involved during an AMBER Alert by listening to television and radio reports, paying attention to changeable message signs along the highway, which display information about the abductor’s vehicle and license plate number, and keeping an eye out for the suspect vehicle.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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