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OJJDP Celebrates AMBER Alert Awareness Day

January 13, 2012

On January 13, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and communities across the country will observe National AMBER Alert Awareness Day in recognition of the collaborative efforts and successes of the AMBER Alert program to assist in the recovery of abducted children. To date, AMBER Alerts have helped rescue 554 abducted children.

The AMBER Alert Program, created after the 1996 abduction and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and transportation agencies. In serious child abduction cases, partners coordinate to send out an urgent bulletin that describes the abducted child and the suspect. This alert is broadcast to millions of media listeners and viewers.

The AMBER Alert program is coordinated nationally by the U.S. Department of Justice. Sign up for wireless AMBER alerts online.

Resources:

For more information about the National AMBER Alert Initiative, visit www.amberalert.gov.

To sign up for wireless AMBER Alerts, visit www.wirelessamberalerts.org/index.jsp.

 

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