Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Public Urged To Enroll In Amber Alert Portal
Date of News Release: 02/09/2006
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - The Kentucky State Police (KSP) urges the public to take advantage of recent changes in the AMBER Alert emergency notification system that provide for the relay of current information to cell phones, beepers and e-mail, as well as other forms of electronic communication, by way of the AMBER Alert Portal.
The plea for enrollment in the AMBER Alert Portal comes on the heels of Tuesday's AMBER Alert for a Danville child taken by his father and found safe the next day in another county. Kentucky State Police spokeswoman Maj. Lisa Rudzinski said that public involvement is often the key factor in finding these missing children and returning them safely.
"Even though this most recent incident was resolved with information provided by the mother and by tracing telephone calls, there are many instances in which alert motorists, observant shoppers or passersby remember the details provided in an AMBER Alert and relay that information to law enforcement," she said. "People are not always in their car with the radio on when an AMBER Alert is issued. This is why the accessibility of emergency information through the AMBER Alert Portal is so important in reaching as many individuals as possible."
Information provided through the Portal includes a description of the alleged abductor, the vehicle and license plate number, and a description of the abducted child. The Portal also maintains on its website a geo-specific map showing an expanding area of interest based on the fastest driving routes from the abduction site.
"The AMBER Alert Portal system allows more people to know what to look for and where," said KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller. "The greater the citizen participation, the greater our chances of finding an abducted child."
Citizens may subscribe to the free alert notifications at http://www.KentuckyAMBERAlert.com.