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AMBER Alert System to Include Smartphone Notification

Last weekend, law enforcement agencies worldwide recognized the annual observance of the AMBER Alert system, which provides public notification of children who have been abducted.

Lt. Chuck Fleeger of the College Station Police Department, who is President of the Brazos Valley AMBER Alert Network, says anyone with a smartphone will soon be receiving automatic notices, replacing a subscription-based text system.

More than 600 children have been successfuly recovered through Amber alert broadcasts.

ChuckFleeger011213.mp3WTAW’s Bill Oliver visits with Chuck Fleeger.

More background is courtesy of the Brazos Valley AMBER Alert Network:

Each year on January 13th, the U.S. Department of Justice, AMBER Alert Coordinators at the state, regional, tribal and local levels, state Missing Children Clearinghouses and AMBER Alert partners observe National Amber Alert Awareness Day in honor of Amber Hagerman and the establishment of a national AMBER Alert Program by the U.S. Department of Justice.

On January 13, 1996, Amber was abducted while riding her bicycle and then brutally murdered in Arlington, Texas. The AMBER Alert network was created after her tragic death to provide emergency broadcast messages to the public when law enforcement determines that a child has been abducted. AMBER Alert broadcasts include information about the child and the abductor, including physical descriptions and information about the abductor’s vehicle, which could lead to the child’s recovery. To date more than 600 children have been successfully recovered as a result of the AMBER Alert Program.

On Friday January 18th, the Amber Alert Network Brazos Valley will hold its 3rd Annual National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. The contest will be held at 10:30 am at the offices of the Brazos Valley Council of Governments located at 3991 E. 29th Street Bryan, Texas. Entries from 5th Graders at St Joseph Elementary School, Crockett Elementary School and Bowen Elementary School will be evaluated and a regional winner will be selected to proceed to the statewide contest judging in Houston in April. The statewide winner will represent Texas at the national competition, with the winner to be announced on May 25th, National Missing Children’s Day, in Washington D.C.

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Posted by on Jan 15 2013. Filed under Featured Stories, News.

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