Announces Launch of Kansas Amber Alert Facebook Page
TOPEKA -- (January 13, 2011) -- Attorney General Derek Schmidt today recognized National Amber Alert Awareness Day by announcing the launch of the new Kansas Amber Alerts Facebook page.
Life-saving Amber Alerts will now be available to the millions of Facebook users, including those who live in Kansas. Starting today, Facebook users are able to sign up for state-specific Amber Alert bulletins which will be sent to them through Facebook’s “News Feed” feature. Users will also be able to share the Amber Alerts with their friends. The new Amber Alert Facebook page for Kansas can be found at http://www.facebook.com/AmberAlertKS.
“Kansans will now be able to receive Amber Alerts on Facebook, and I encourage every Facebook user to sign up,” Schmidt said. “This is a way to use the power of social networking to keep all of our children safe.”
The U.S. Department of Justice reports that of the 797,500 children reported missing in a one-year period of time, 203,900 children were victims of family abductions, and 58,200 children were the victims of non-family abductions. Schmidt encouraged the public to be vigilant when a child is abducted.
“The Kansas Amber Alert Program is a powerful tool for law enforcement to use when a child has been abducted.” Schmidt said. “We know that finding a child quickly can make the difference between life and death—the success of the Amber Alert Program rests largely on a swift and seamless response. My office will work to make sure law enforcement, the media, and victim advocates statewide are properly trained on the policies and procedures to find these children as quickly as possible, and help their families through this trying time. As a Kansan, you can help by paying attention when you hear or see an Amber Alert on a highway sign, television or radio announcement. You can become the eyes and ears of local law enforcement. It could be that a tip from you saves a child’s life.”
The Amber Alert Program, named for 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and transportation agencies to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to air a description of the abducted child and suspected abductor. The goal of an Amber Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child. Since its inception in 1996, this program has successfully brought 525 children home safely. In Kansas, 21 children have been safely returned since 2002.