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Cuyahoga County Joins National AMBER Alert Awareness Day


Media contacts:
Brandy Carney: (216) 443-5691, bcarney@cuyahogacounty.us;
Nicole Dailey Jones: (216) 263-4602, (216) 338-0863 or ndjones@cuyahogacounty.us

CUYAHOGA COUNTY - January 13 is National AMBER Alert Awareness Day, a day to recognize the collaborative efforts and successes of the AMBER Alert program to assist in the recovery of abducted children. In an effort to increase the successful impact of this program, Cuyahoga County is encouraging all individuals to sign up to receive Amber Alerts. Please click here for more information.

In addition, 5th graders are encouraged to participate in the 2013 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest. The contest winner, his/her teacher and his/her parents will be brought to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony at the U.S. Department of Justice on or around May 25, 2013. For further details visit http://www.ohioamberplan.org//press/resource/2013.Fact%20Sheet.pdf.

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, Fire/EMS and transportation agencies. The program activates an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.

The AMBER Alert program is coordinated on a national level by the U.S. Department of Justice. For more information about the National AMBER Alert Initiative, visit www.amberalert.gov. A description of the abducted child and the suspected abductor is broadcast to millions of media listeners and viewers. The public becomes the eyes and ears of law enforcement.

In Northeast Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Public Safety & Justice Services Cuyahoga Emergency Communications System (CECOMS) is the primary 24-hour agency for broadcasting Amber Alerts in all nine (9) counties including Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina, and Summit Counties.