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  Ontario AMBER Alert

Mar 15, 2010 13:46 ET

The AMBER Alert is a warning system put into place to alert the public when a child is abducted and is in imminent danger.

The AMBER alert program (America's Missing Broadcast Emergency Response) was created after the 1996 brutal kidnapping and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman in Arlington, Texas.

Before an alert is initiated, three guidelines must be met:

•Law enforcement agency believes a child under the age of 18 has been abducted;

•Law enforcement agency believes the child is in danger;

•There is descriptive information about one or more of the following:
◦child;
◦abductor;
◦vehicle;

•to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help in locating the child.

The Ontario AMBER Alert is an excellent example of law enforcement and the media working together with the community to protect the safety of our children.