Governor Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed Thursday, January 13, AMBER ALERT AWARENESS DAY in North Dakota. AMBER Alert programs have been implemented in all 50 states. North Dakota implemented the state’s plan in February 2003.
“North Dakota is committed to protecting its young people and keeping its communities safe, and the statewide AMBER alert system is an important part of those efforts,” said Dalrymple. “This system, with its added wireless capabilities, is a valuable tool in quickly alerting law enforcement and the public in the event of a child abduction, increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome.”
The AMBER Alert provides public notification of an abducted child 17 years of age or younger, and that the abduction is believed to have been committed by a stranger or family abduction in which the child is believed to be in grave danger of serious bodily harm or death. Descriptive information about the child, abductor, and vehicle description is obtained by law enforcement and broadcast through the AMBER Alert. This information is used to assist in the safe recovery of the victim and apprehension of the suspect. Five AMBER Alerts involving six children have been issued in North Dakota. Five of the six children were successfully recovered.
AMBER Alert information is broadcast via television, radio, wireless devices and Department of Transportation message boards. Citizens can also receive the information by dialing 511 from any phone. Wireless users may now receive a text message of AMBER Alerts activated in the subscriber’s area by simply signing up for the free service at www.wirelessfoundation.org. The North Dakota AMBER Alert Web Site, www.nd.gov/amber, is another way citizens can obtain information on AMBER Alerts and valuable links to other AMBER Alert related stories.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has developed a secondary distribution network to disseminate AMBER Alerts after receiving notification of state or regional AMBER Alert activations. The secondary distribution network includes several Internet service providers, the wireless industry, and many others. Nationally, AMBER Alert programs have helped save the lives of 525 children.